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Man pleads not guilty in Billings shooting spree

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A 23-year-old man accused of shooting at several houses and businesses in Billings has denied seven felony counts of criminal endangerment.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A 23-year-old man accused of shooting at several houses and businesses in Billings has denied seven felony counts of criminal endangerment.

Joshua Weber of Billings pleaded not guilty in District Court on Tuesday, and Judge Russell Fagg set bail at $150,000. Weber is charged in a random shooting spree north and east of downtown Sept. 17 that caused several residents to dive for cover as bullets smashed through windows and walls.

One man was hit by debris, and a woman in another building was nearly struck in the head as she slept. At least six homes and businesses were hit, and other property, including vehicles, also was damaged.

Prosecutors say a 9mm pistol, 40 live rounds and five spent shell casings were found in Weber's car.

Weber was sentenced in 2006 to 15 years in custody with 13 suspended for robbing a Billings convenience store at gunpoint. He received an additional two-year prison sentence for using a firearm during the crime.

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