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Man gets 12 years in jail for Anchorage drive-by shooting

Rodney Mataafa, 26, was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for a drive-by house shooting in the Anchorage neighborhood of Fairview in 2015, prosecutors said.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton imposed a decade-long sentence in the shooting case and added two years of jail time for Mataafa for a probation violation stemming from the shooting.

Officers responded to a shooting at bar-break time at the King's X bar on Fifth Avenue on March 15, 2015, a Sunday morning, prosecutors said. Bar employees told police a "parking lot melee" had occurred, with gunshots fired. Police broke up the fight, which Mataafa participated in, but no arrests were made.

Trial evidence showed that less than an hour after the bar fight, Mataafa drove by a home in Fairview where a family was having a garage party, and fired at least seven shots, prosecutors said.

"One of Mataafa's bullets struck a man in the leg. At least one shot penetrated the wall and smashed a coffee cup on a kitchen counter. At the time, the house was occupied by a family — including several small children," prosecutors said.

At the time of the shooting, Mataafa was on parole supervision for the armed robbery of a downtown Anchorage bicycle ice cream vendor in 2009.

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