A 34-year-old man will spend up to 15 years in state prison for firing 18 shots toward a man, the man’s girlfriend, and her child in Middletown Township two years ago, the bullets striking occupied apartments but missing anyone inside.
Eric J. Dawson entered an open guilty in November, admitting to felony counts of aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure.
On Thursday, April 28, 2022, he appeared before Common Pleas Judge Raymond F. McHugh who sentenced him to 7 ½ to 15 years in prison. Prior to sentencing Deputy District Attorney Jovin Jose read an impact statement from one of the victims who said her son has been traumatized by the experience.
“This is the most horrific things our son has ever had to experience, being told to get down on the floor only to see bullets entering at floor level then needing to re-seek shelter in the bathtub of his lifelong residence while his home was under fire is more than enough trauma to last a lifetime.”