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Military veteran sentenced after taking hostages in Norman

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 16:26:26-04

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- A military veteran convicted of taking hostages at an office complex in Norman has been sentenced to 26 years and six months in prison.

Thirty-one-year-old Devin Rogers was sentenced Wednesday. He had been found guilty of kidnapping, reckless conduct with a firearm and two counts of pointing a firearm. He was acquitted on additional charges of kidnapping and reckless conduct with a firearm.

According to authorities, Rogers took hostages at gunpoint on Nov. 10, 2014, and held them for four hours before surrendering to police. No one was injured.

Rogers has said he was homeless and took the hostages in an effort to negotiate a prison sentence so he would have a place to eat and sleep.