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Teen sentenced for gun incident

From staff reports

A 17-year-old boy accused of putting a gun to the head of another teen, and then saying he was just kidding, has been put on probation and ordered to do 40 hours of community work service.

Joshua Allen Reynolds, 4520 22nd Ave. N.W., was charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, in Olmsted District juvenile court. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced Dec. 22.

Judge Debra Jacobson stayed adjudication on condition Reynolds comply with all conditions of probation, do 40 hours community work service or pay a $400 fine, and have no weapons. He will be on probation until age 19.

The charge stemmed from an incident late the night of Sept. 11 in a northwest Rochester church parking lot. Police were called about an attempted robbery. A girl told police that she and four of her friends were in a car in the parking lot when another car pulled alongside and a passenger got out. He walked up to the boy who was driving, pulled out a handgun, held it to the driver's head and demanded money, the teens said.

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According to the complaint, Reynolds was that teen and the gun turned out to be a BB gun. The complaint said Reynolds told officers he thought he knew the people in the other car and was doing it for a joke.

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