Man sentenced for killing teen

LeAngelo Ford

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A Mercer County man was sentenced Wednesday to between one and two years in prison for fatally shooting a Sharon teenager in January.

Jontae Barnes, 20, pleaded guilty June 20 to involuntary manslaughter and having an unlicensed weapon for shooting LeAngelo Ford, 17. He was sentenced by Mercer County Judge Robert Yeatts to between one day less than one year and one day less than two years.

He was also sentenced to 10 years of probation following his released from prison.

Prosecutors recommended Barnes be sentenced to nine years in prison.

Ford was a basketball player at Sharon High School when he was murdered Jan. 20 in the 100 block of Strawbridge Avenue.

He was taken to Sharon Regional Health System with a single gunshot wound to his chest. Police arrested Barnes about eight minutes later a few miles from the hospital at his Liberty Street home.

Barnes was originally charged with criminal homicide.

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