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Chambersburg man sentenced in window shooting

September 04, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 22 months to five years in state prison for shooting through the window of a former girlfriend's home last year.

Matthew S. Clopper, 24, of 353 Center St., pleaded guilty on June 23 to discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, a third-degree felony, according to court records. Judge Douglas W. Herman also ordered him to pay a $200 fine and $615 in restitution to Rebecca Pearson.

The Chambersburg Police Department was called to Pearson's Glen Street home at 12:51 a.m. Nov. 24 for a report of shots fired. Pearson told police she was asleep when she was awakened by the sound of her window being shot.

The woman told police she had been involved in a dispute with Clopper two days earlier over custody of their daughter, police said. Clopper also left a threatening voice mail telling her she "would get what she deserved," police said.

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When police arrived at Clopper's home, he was returning with his current girlfriend. Police said Clopper had been to the Norland Pub that evening and had told a bouncer "he would hear about him in the news the following day."

The bouncer told police Clopper said he had a loaded firearm in his vehicle and was going to use it on "Becky," the affidavit of probable cause stated.

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