- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A burglar captured through a new ballistics program has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for three Denver shootings.

Authorities on Friday credited the prosecution of Anthony Dennis to the Denver-based Crime Gun Intelligence Center, which handled the cases. The program aims to put ballistics evidence in the hands of investigators more quickly than before so investigators can see if gun crimes are linked using shell casings left behind at the scene.

Over three days in January, Dennis shot a homeowner’s dog during a burglary, shot at another homeowner in a separate attempt and shot at another man during a street fight. Casings were entered into a national database that helped link the crimes.

Dennis pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault, felony menacing and possessing an illegal firearm.

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