Venezuelan gets 5 ½ years in strip club shooting

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A man who shot two U.S. Embassy employees in a Caracas strip club has been convicted of attempted murder by a Venezuelan court and sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison.

The chief prosecutor’s office said in a statement that Carlos Mejias was convicted of shooting Paul Marwin and Roberto Rosas, both of whom worked in the embassy’s military attache’s office.

A second Venezuelan, Windy Fabiani, was accused of being an accessory to attempted murder. His case is pending.

The prosecutor’s office says Mejias and Fabiani had “a discussion” with the Americans that led to a firearm being drawn and both Americans being shot in May. Police at the time said there was a brawl.

U.S. officials said neither victim sustained life-threatening wounds. They have refused to offer further details.

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