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STEVENS POINT (WJFW) – A Portage County man has been sentenced to five years behind bars for breaking and entering a Stevens Point home, threatening a person with a gun and discharging the weapon fire.

Justin L. Salazar, 31, will spend five years of initial confinement followed by eight years of extended supervision.

Salazar pleaded guilty to 1st degree felony charges of recklessly endangering safety as a repeater and a burglar armed with a dangerous weapon as a repeater.

The other charges were read but dismissed.

Upon release, the accused will be required to obtain alcohol and drug counseling, anger management and absolute sobriety. Additionally, as a convicted felon, he will be prohibited from owning a firearm for life.

On September 26, 2021, Salazar entered an apartment on Johns Drive in Stevens Point. Salazar was armed with an automatic rifle. The victim was sleeping on his couch and woke up to see Salazar standing in front of him holding the gun. At one point, Salazar pointed the gun at the victim’s head and gave a victim impact statement. The victim pushed the barrel of the gun away and began to fire back. During the struggle, Salazar discharged the gun twice into the ceiling. Salazar was able to wrap his arms around the victim’s neck, trying to choke him.

Salazar was later arrested by officers from the Stevens Point Police Department.

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