The man who opened fire inside Independence Center last year will serve 64 years in prison.
APRIL 4, 2013 - Eric Bratton appears in a Jackson County courthouse during his sentencing for shooting two people inside Independence Center (Pool photo)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The man who opened fire inside Independence Center last year will serve 64 years in prison.
Eric D. Bratton, 25, of Kansas City, was convicted in January of two counts of armed criminal action and one count each of first- and second-degree assault.
The popular shopping mall was locked down just before 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, as authorities rushed to the area near Sears and Forever 21 after the shooting.
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Bratton and one of the victims had gotten into an argument outside the mall, according to prosecutors. Brratton followed the victim inside and shot him and a girl with him.
The male was shot in the thigh and the girl in the foot. They both sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated and released from an area hospital.
Judge James Kanatzar sentenced Bratton to 25 years on each of two counts of armed criminal action and seven years on each of the two counts of assault. He ordered the sentences to run consecutively.