Fort Bragg soldier sentenced to up to 18 years for shooting at officers; parents blame PTSD

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FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina — A Fort Bragg soldier has been sentenced to 10 to 18 years in prison for shooting at firefighters and police outside his Fayetteville apartment in 2012.

Local media outlets report the parents of 33-year-old Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer asked for a lighter sentence Thursday, saying their son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder related to heavy combat during two deployments in Afghanistan.

Eisenhauer began shooting at firefighters battling a small blaze at his apartment in January 2012. Prosecutors say he fired 24 rounds during a four-hour standoff. Eisenhauer was shot several times. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

Eisenhauer faced up to 88 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in February to 15 counts of assault on law officers.

His parents testified Eisenhauer was addicted to his prescribed anti-anxiety medicine.

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