Monday, October 2, 2006

Man Sentenced 36 Years For Shooting Singer Marc Cohn

The man convicted of shooting a Grammy award-winning singer was sentenced Monday afternoon.

Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn had a bullet lodged in his temple as a result of the attack last August following a concert in Denver.

Joseph Yacteen, 27, was sentenced to 36 years in prison which is 20 more than the minimum he could've received.

Yacteen said he was high on methamphetamine when he fired a gun into Cohn's van and demanded money.

Cohn and his band were on their way back to their hotel after a concert at Denver Botanic Gardens.

"(Cohn) was shot in the head and miraculously did not get hurt really that badly, but the bullet did imbed in his skull," said Victoria Sharp, Denver Deputy Dist. Attorney. "It was taken out that night."

Yacteen drove off but was later caught after barricading himself in a vacant home on Josephine Street. He said in court that he never meant to shoot at anybody.


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