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Man Gets 36 Years in Cohn Shooting

October 3, 2006

DENVER (AP) _ A man who shot and wounded singer-songwriter Marc Cohn during a botched carjacking last year was sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Joseph Yacteen, 27, pleaded guilty in July to attempted first-degree murder. He was accused of firing a gun into a van carrying Cohn’s band in a Denver parking garage in August 2005.

The bullet grazed driver-tour manager Thomas Dube before it lodged in Cohn’s temple. Both were treated and released from a hospital the next day.

Police said Yacteen tried to steal the van and then forced four men out of another vehicle nearby. He was later found in a vacant house where police forced him out with tear gas after a standoff of nearly six hours.

Prosecutors dropped charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, menacing and first-degree criminal trespass, all felonies.

Patricia Vail, 23, is a accused of helping Yacteen and faces a felony accessory charge.

Cohn, who is married to ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas, had a hit with ``Walking in Memphis″ and won a Grammy in 1991. Neither was in the courtroom during the sentencing Monday.

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