Man gets decades in prison in slaying outside nightclub

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to decades in prison in a shooting in the parking lot of an eastern Pennsylvania nightclub that killed one person and wounded two others.

Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Colon pleaded guilty earlier to third-degree murder and other charges in the March 2017 shooting outside now-closed Club Dubai in Allentown.

Colon apologized Tuesday to family members of 28-year-old Paul Prieto for what he called “a bad choice.” He said, “I was never taught that way.”

Defense attorney Jack McMahon said Colon initially tried to break up a fight between two groups, but his client was drunk and lost his temper. He said the “tragic irony” was that “This wasn’t even his fight.”

Lehigh County Judge James Anthony said violence had turned the city into “a cesspool.”

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