A Fort Dodge man who admitted shooting a gun and injuring a man earlier this summer has been sentenced to serve up to 15 years in prison.
Devone M. Hameed, 21, of Fort Dodge, received the sentence Tuesday afternoon.
Hameed had previously pleaded guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon and going armed with intent, both felonies. He admitted during his plea hearing that on June 21, he shot a gun into a crowd of people, hitting Cameron D. Carodine in the left hip area. Carodine was treated and released the same day.
At his sentencing Tuesday, Hameed asked Judge William Ostlund to consider sentencing him to probation, citing a desire to take care of his family. Members of Hameed's family were present in the courtroom during sentencing.
"I did what I did," he told the judge, "but at the same time" he asked to be sentenced to "probation or something."
Ostlund told Hameed that he wouldn't even consider probation, since that was not part of the plea agreement between Hameed and the Webster County attorney's office.
Instead, he encouraged Hameed to be a model prisoner.
"You'll get sent to prison where you can get credit for good conduct," Ostlund said. "If you do that, you'll get paroled before the expiration of your term."
He went on to tell Hameed that he was "a pretty lucky guy" because he was originally charged with attempted murder and had he been convicted of that charge would have faced up to 25 years in prison.
"Somehow you need to look at this as a good thing," Ostlund told Hameed. "Not from a victim's standpoint, but from your standpoint."
He went on to say that Hameed should use his family as inspiration to change his behavior.
"There are lots of stories about people who have gotten into trouble that went on to change their ways," Ostlund said. "You'll get that chance. Your family will support you."
He added that he believes Hameed can change.
"I'm pulling for you," he said. "You're going to be back in the general population, and I want you to be back to the point where I can see and read about all you've accomplished."