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Ex-Southwest Va. teacher sentenced in blank gun incident

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ABINGDON, Va. (AP) -- A former Washington County teacher has received a five-year suspended sentence for firing a blank gun in class.

Manuael Ernest Dillow of Kingsport, Tenn., also will spend two years' probation.

The Bristol Herald Courier says the 61-year-old Dillow pleaded guilty this week to brandishing a firearm on school property.

Police say Dillow lined up a dozen students at the William N. Neff Center in Abingdon on April 4 and fired a blank gun multiple times in their direction. Dillow was a welding teacher at the school at the time.

Commonwealth's Attorney Nicole Price says Dillow used the blank gun as a disciplinary method to get the students' attention.

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