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By Adam Brandolph
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

A Wilmerding man will serve 5½ to 11 years in prison for trading gunfire with Pittsburgh police officers, an Allegheny County judge ordered Wednesday.

Monte Blair, 40, was shot five times in the shootout with Officers Chris Kertis and Andrew Baker on Sept. 9, 2012, in Homewood. The officers, who were responding to a report of Blair shooting another man, were not injured.

Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning in January convicted Blair of aggravated assault and illegally possessing a firearm and acquitted him of attempted homicide, discharging a firearm at police and other charges. Blair was previously sentenced in federal court to six years in prison on a related gun case.

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