SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An Oklahoma man who opened fire inside a southwest Missouri bar that refused to serve him more beer is going to prison.

Sixty-three-year-old Robert Cummings of Tulsa, was convicted in March on two counts each of assault and armed criminal action. The Greene County prosecutor in Missouri says Cummings was sentenced Monday to 40 years; he’ll qualify for parole after 16 years because of his age.

The shootings occurred in March 2005 at a downtown Springfield bar that refused to serve him more beer at closing time.

Witnesses said Cummings became angry, pulled a pistol and shot two customers — one in the abdomen, the other in the chest. Both survived.

Cummings was sentenced as a prior and persistent offender. His criminal past includes a conviction in New Mexico for second-degree murder.

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