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READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who admitted he drunkenly fired a shotgun inside his apartment because he feared there were clowns inside could spend the next five years in prison.

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Reading police didn’t find anyone inside of 35-year-old Nathan Matthias’ second-floor apartment, and say the shooting put his first-floor neighbor in danger. The Reading Eagle reports he was sentenced Monday to 22 months to five years in state prison after pleading guilty in July to discharging a firearm and to an unrelated drunk driving charge.

Police say they found Matthias clutching a shotgun outside his house, claiming he was trying to shoot two small clowns.

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Matthias’ attorney says his client wasn’t trying to harm anyone but was reacting to “some type of hallucinatory event.”

Matthias took full responsibility and apologized.

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