Burlington man who shot innocent bystander outside Nectar’s is sentenced

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Arraignment pushed back for Burlington Nectar's shooting suspect

BURLINGTON, Vt. – A Burlington man will spend more than 12 years in prison in connection to a shooting outside a dowtown bar that wounded a 27-year-old woman nearly two years ago.

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Rashad Nashid, 39, pleaded guilty in August to to two counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. On Monday, federal Judge William K. Sessions sentenced Nashid to 12 1/2 years on the firearms charges, plus three years of supervised release.

In late February 2018, Nashid was outside the Main Street bar when he fired two shots into a crowded street. One bullet hit an Essex woman, who still suffers physical and psychological effects from the shooting. The second bullet went through a bedroom window of a nearby apartment building.

Nashid fled on foot, but was arrested by Burlington Police a short time later.

According to the Vermont U.S. Attorney’s Office, the investigation revealed Nashid had eight prior felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

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