By PETER KASPARI
Nearly three years after he was first charged with a shooting in Fort Dodge, Deron Foy has been sentenced to prison after admitting his role in the crime.
Foy, 20, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Monday to going armed with intent, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault while participating in a felony.
After his plea, he was sentenced by Judge Kurt Stoebe to serve up to 20 years in prison.
Foy admitted that on Feb. 5, 2010, he shot a gun into a car where another man was sitting.
Through his attorney, Derek Johnson, of Fort Dodge, Foy told Stoebe about what happened.
"Did you intend to use that firearm on the man in the vehicle?" Johnson asked Foy.
"Yes," Foy said.
"You intended to provoke fear or scare him?" Johnson asked.
"Yes," Foy replied.
Stoebe asked Foy why he shot into the car.
"I was just trying to fit in," Foy said.
Foy could spend up to 20 years in prison, but he'll be eligible for parole after five years, according to the plea agreement he accepted.
An unrelated drug case against Foy was also dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.
Stoebe told Foy he felt the sentence was appropriate.
"It's not with any degree of pleasure that I send you to prison," he said. "But this is a very serious crime."
Stoebe said that Foy could have seriously hurt someone by his actions.
"These sorts of acts are dangerous and result in a serious penalty," he said. "Society cannot tolerate these crimes."
He also told Foy he hoped he could turn his life around in prison.
"I wish you well, Mr. Foy," he said.
Foy was originally charged with attempted murder in this case. Shortly before his trial in early 2011, he failed to show up for a court appearance. Foy was considered a fugitive until this past summer, when he was arrested in Des Moines.