LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A former New Milford man who led police on a 12-hour search for a nonexistent gunman last year has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The News-Times reports ( ) that Joshua Cable apologized in Litchfield Superior Court on Wednesday for his actions on Sept. 26, 2012. Cable shot himself, but blamed it on a gunman.

Detectives believed the 30-year-old Cable shot himself to impress a woman. An arrest warrant said videotape supported the detectives’ findings.

He pleaded guilty on July 9 to criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a sawed-off shotgun and silencer. Cable also faced charges of filing a false incident report and tampering with physical evidence.

The investigation shut a road for 12 hours and cost about $25,000 for police work.
Information from: The News-Times,

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