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Austin man gets five years for gun possession.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 5:14 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A man suspected in a shooting is going to prison for a gun crime.

Ramiro Alejandro Pena, 21 of Austin, was sentenced Thursday to five years behind bars, with credit for two days already served. Pena was arrested in July 2017 after the shooting of Jesus Ybarra in the 800 block of 2nd Avenue SW in Austin.


Jesus Ybarra

Though authorities said they suspected Pena was the shooter, he was only charged with being a violent felon in possession of a firearm after police found a shotgun and some ammunition in his home. He pleaded guilty in March.

Ybarra, meanwhile, wound up being sentenced to eight years and four months in prison after officers investigating the shooting searched Ybarra’s home and said they found about 290 grams of methamphetamine and approximately 45 grams of marijuana. He pleaded guilty to two counts of 1st degree drug possession.

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