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FOREST CITY | A Forest City man accused of using an air rifle to shoot out the window of a school bus occupied by children has received a five-year suspended prison sentence. 

Martin Sherman Tindall, 33, was put on probation for five years during his Jan. 11 sentencing on a felony conviction of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. 

He entered an Alford plea to the charge. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors likely can prove their case. 

A $750 fine was suspended, but Tindall was ordered to pay $510 restitution to the Forest City Community School District. He also must complete all recommended mental health and substance abuse treatment. 

The school bus was traveling south on Clark Street on a route to pick up students and take them to school on the morning of Jan. 5, 2018, when a pellet went through a window and landed in a female's hair, according to a criminal complaint from the Forest City Police Department.

No one was injured.

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