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Wednesday, October 02, 2019 1:03 pm

Teen to spend year on home detention after firing gun near school bus

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne teenager will not spend time behind bars for firing a gun after getting off a school bus in February.

Krystopher L. Acoff, 19, admitted firing shots at a bus stop near Colerick and Reed streets, and was sentenced this morning in Allen Superior Court to a year on home detention. He also will undergo psychological and substance abuse evaluations and is expected to earn his high school diploma or GED.

Acoff, then 18 and a high school student, was on a Fort Wayne Community Schools bus Feb. 25 when he pulled a gun from a backpack and put it back in the bag, police said. He took the gun from the backpack before getting off the bus and put it in the front pocket of a hooded sweatshirt he was wearing, a probable cause affidavit alleged.

He fired the gun in an area "completely surrounded by homes," police said.

No one was injured.

Acoff pleaded guilty to felony possession of a firearm on school property and criminal recklessness.

He was sentenced to two years, with one year suspended on each count. The sentences will be served together for a total of one year on home detention, where he will be monitored by GPS tracking equipment.

mleblanc@jg.net