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Southern Tier man who shot at police cars sentenced

A 29-year-old man who shot at police cars and other vehicles traveling on a Southern Tier road last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - A 29-year-old man who shot at police cars and other vehicles traveling on a Southern Tier road last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Evening Tribune of Hornell reports that a Schuyler County Court judge sentenced Joseph Esposito Monday to concurrent prison terms stemming from his conviction last summer on charges of reckless endangerment and menacing a police officer.

Authorities say Esposito fired multiple rounds from a rifle at vehicles passing his house in the village of Burdett, in the Finger Lakes region, in October 2011.

The vehicles he targeted included one driven by Sheriff Bill Yessman and other law enforcement officers. A standoff with police ended when Esposito surrendered without incident.

No one was injured.

Relatives say Esposito was high on drugs at the time of the shootings.

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