Stamford man gets 13 years for shooting 5 in crowd

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STAMFORD -

The Stamford man who pleaded guilty to firing a gun into a crowd and seriously injuring five people in 2014 received a 13 year prison sentence Thursday.

Police say Dayron Wills fired numerous shots from a high-caliber handgun during a melee outside a Columbus Park nightclub on July 13, 2014.

He pleaded guilty in October, calling the incident an impulsive act. He said he blacked out and panicked because he had been the victim of an earlier drive-by shooting.

"He's not similarly situated as other people would be," said defense attorney Stephan Seeger. "He can't run. He's a disabled individual from a gunshot wound himself."

Seeger asked for leniency, but prosecutors argued Wills had shown reckless behavior. They said cellphone video showed that.

"The defendant was not shooting in self-defense," prosecutors said. "He was not shooting because he was emotionally distraught. The defendant was angry, and he was shooting into the crowd in revenge."

Wills apologized to the victims in court for what the judge called a horrendous crime.

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