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BRIDGETON — An Upper Deerfield Township man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for bringing a gun with him to a school in Stow Creek Township.

Richard Shevchenko, 69, was found guilty in December of unlawful possession of a handgun in the Jan. 17, 2018, incident at Woodland County Day School, though he was acquitted of possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and terrorist threats.

Shevchenko must serve 3½ years before he is eligible for parole.

The sentencing had originally been scheduled for Jan. 25 but was delayed due to a defense motion seeking to reduce the period of parole ineligibility to one year or to have the defendant placed on probation.

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