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Brothers in Park Rapids armed standoff agree to 18-year sentences

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Two brothers will likely spend 18 years in prison for their involvement in a drunken shooting rampage that culminated in a four-hour armed standoff with 20 officers in Park Rapids Dec. 17.

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Allen Gene Bloom Sr., 39, and Brian Jon Bloom, 31, was each charged with three counts of First Degree Assault. Both, admitting in court they were under the influence of alcohol during the incident, pled guilty Friday to two counts of First Degree Assault; the third count was dismissed.

The men also agreed to an upward departure in sentencing due to their lengthy criminal backgrounds.

They could have faced 135 to 189 months; each agreed to sentences of 216 months on each count.

They were charged in the shooting of their mother's husband during the incident. Lynn Barton, 47, was shot in the knee. In a statement he gave authorities, Barton said he couldn't recall which brother shot him.

Both men admitted they pointed guns at police officers who responded to their mother's residential Park Rapids home, and that they "used deadly force that could have resulted" in one or both officer's death.

"I didn't see any remorse," said Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne, declining further comment.

District Judge Robert Tiffany ordered pre-sentence investigations for the pair. Sentencing will be March 23.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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