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May 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

6 1/2-year sentence for shooting at North Seattle Kmart

A man who shot a North Seattle Kmart store manager during a botched robbery in February was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Matthew Bateman, 21, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree attempted robbery with a firearm enhancement and second-degree assault. Bateman faced a sentencing range of 6 ½ years to just over 7 years in prison when he was sentenced Friday in King County Superior Court.

Police said Bateman was armed with a handgun when he entered the Kmart in the 13200 block of Aurora Avenue North around 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 25 and forced the store manager toward the back of the store to open a safe. There was a struggle and the manager was shot in the torso.

Bateman and the manager then made their way to the front of the store, where a second employee called 911. But by then patrol and SWAT officers were arriving, and they arrested Bateman.

The manager was treated at Harborview Medical Center.

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