Atascadero man gets 25-year prison sentence in shooting case

CORRECTION: The headline initially indicated Sykes was from Paso Robles. His hometown is Atascadero.

ORIGINAL STORY: Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera today sentenced an Atascadero man to 25 years in prison for shooting at his ex-girlfriend and another man in an incident last year.

The sentence was the maximum that Troy Allen Sykes, 32, was facing.

His ex-girlfriend, Amy Weber, told the judge earlier this week that Sykes has turned her "world upside down" and traumatized their young son, who was in the same room with her when Sykes fired shots on July 6, 2010, two of which struck her.

"I beg you to give him the maximum sentence so that we don't have to live in constant fear, " said Weber, addressing LaBarbera. "The decision is in your hands to send a message."

Sykes was acquitted Nov. 1 of two counts of attempted murder in a shooting incident involving Weber and her friend Erik Skupian.

But a jury convicted Sykes of a lesser charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter for firing his gun at Skupian, who wasn't struck.

Sykes also was found guilty of residential burglary and the endangerment of his child.