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Posted on: February 8, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Lancaster Man Jailed up to 20 Years for Shooting into Occupied Car Outside Party

Francis Dinkins Jr.

A Lancaster man will serve at least 10 years in prison for shooting two males inside a vehicle last year in the city.

Francis S. Dinkins Jr., 19, was on foot June 10, 2016, when he fired multiple shots into an occupied vehicle in the 500 block of North Plum Street.

Six people were in the vehicle; two males were wounded and treated at a hospital, according to First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen, lead prosecutor.

Dinkins, of East End Avenue, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault (two counts), reckless endangerment (four counts), discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, and a felony firearms count - in exchange for a 10-to-20-year prison term.

Lancaster County Judge Merrill Spahn accepted the plea agreement and ordered sentence.

One victim was shot in the arm; the other was wounded in the arm and thigh.

At least one witness identified Dinkins as the shooter.

Dinkins is prohibited from having a firearm due to a previous firearms possession conviction.

Lancaster city police Detective Robert Whiteford filed charges.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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