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WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge on Thursday told Michael Kozloski he was lucky no one was killed or injured when Kozloski fired a rifle on East Oak Street, Pittston Township, 14 months ago.


Kozloski, 29, of Pittston, was under the influence of a controlled substance when, township police said, he fired a round from a rifle into the township tax office on Jan. 6, 2012. The tax office was occupied at the time of the shooting, police said.


Kozloski was wearing only a T-shirt when he terrorized the neighborhood for nearly 45 minutes before surrendering, police said.


Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. sentenced Kozloski to three and a half years to seven years in state prison on charges of discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and aggravated assault, followed by three years probation and 25 hours of community service.


“You’re lucky no one was killed or seriously injured,” Sklarosky told him.


Kozloski’s attorney, Nanda Palissery, said his client lost control from ingesting a controlled substance.


Addressing the judge, Kozloski apologized and said he accepted “full responsibility” for the shooting and fright he caused in the neighborhood. He wrote a letter to Sklarosky prior to being sentenced expressing his regret and sorrow.


“The person who wrote this letter has potential,” Sklarosky told Kozloski.


Sklarosky ordered Kozloski to earn his G.E.D. while in prison.


“You’re going to be under supervision when you are paroled,” said Sklarosky. “You’re not going to have much room for error. The ball is in your court to get on the right track.”


Kozloski was given credit for 328 days time served in jail.

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