An Independence man who admitted to shooting four people at a bar last November was sentenced to probation.

An Independence man who admitted to shooting four people at a bar last November was sentenced to probation.

A judge sentenced Bryan A. Bass Sr., 23, to four years of supervised probation. Bass pleaded guilty on June 11 and was sentenced the same day. Jackson County Judge Michael Manners presided over the case.

Bass pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree assault when he sprayed bullets in the parking lot at the Do Drop In Bar at 10520 E. U.S. 40 on Nov. 1, 2009. The shooting happened around 1 a.m.

Four people were shot: three men and a woman. All survived. They were shot in the lower extremities.
None of the victims could be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Bass told police he shot a firearm, which he had bought on Halloween, at the parking lot, according to court records. Bass told detectives he “knew he had shot” at least one person, according to the records. He got into an argument with one of the shooting victims at the scene.

Witnesses say they heard five or six shots. But crime scene technicians found nine shell cases and Bass admitted to police he fired off nine rounds.

Jackson County prosecutors had charged him with eight felony counts: four counts of first-degree assault for each person he shot and four counts of armed criminal action to go along with each assault count.

Prosecutors, in the plea bargain, agreed to drop the armed criminal action charges.

Manners sentenced Bass to 10 years in state prison on the assault charges. The judge suspended that sentence and placed Bass on four years probation.
He was also ordered to pay $68 to the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.