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Son of ‘Barney’ co-creator gets 15 years for shooting


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LOS ANGELES » The son of a co-creator of the "Barney and Friends" TV show has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting his Malibu neighbor.

City News Service says 29-year-old Patrick Leach was sentenced Wednesday for the 2013 attack.

Prosecutors say he wounded his neighbor in the chest during an argument after accusing the man of trespassing.

Leach’s mother is Sheryl Leach, co-creator of the PBS show featuring Barney the purple dinosaur.

Leach had pleaded no contest in May to assault with a semiautomatic firearm and shooting from a motor vehicle, causing great bodily injury.

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