A man who fired shots during an attempted robbery at a Blackfalds bar, and was held by patrons until police arrived, has been sentenced to 54 months in prison.
Ryan Allan Bell, 28, was convicted of robbery with a firearm and sentenced in Red Deer provincial court on March 30.
The judge gave him credit for 7 1/2 months in custody, leaving him with 46 1/2 months to serve.
Bell was originally facing 14 charges, including recklessly discharging a firearm, careless use of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.
The other charges were dropped following his guilty plea.
Blackfalds RCMP said they went to the Blackfalds Motor Inn at about 12:40 a.m. on Halloween, after getting a report that a man had fired a gun during a robbery attempt in the bar.
Patrons grabbed and held the suspect until police arrived.
Police allege that a shot was fired, but the gun was not pointed at anyone. The gun went off again during a struggle for the weapon.
Police arrested Bell at the scene.