Man convicted of shooting at couple sentenced to two years

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The man who shot at a couple in a fit of road rage outside an elementary school has been sentenced to two years in prison. 

Vincent Lobato faced four years after being convicted of shooting at or from a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property.

Lobato almost rear-ended a couple in 2016, then followed them to Sierra Vista Elementary School and opened fire. One bullet narrowly missed the woman’s headrest, three others hit the school.

Monday, Lobato’s attorney challenged his conviction saying the charges are repetitive. However, Judge Cindy Leos rejected the claim, then heard the victims in the case.

“Mr. Lobato could have easily kept driving on Unser. But he didn’t want to show his friend he was a punk and wasn’t going to be disrespected, turned around to find victims and confronted them firing a gun at them as they fled,” said Carol Gutierrez, victim’s family member.

Members of Lobato’s family also spoke in court saying what a devoted father he is, and claims he has PTSD from being shot himself years ago.

Judge Leos said actions do have consequences and ordered Lobato into custody immediately. 

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