Records: SD re-enactor admits hiding guns

By KRISTI EATON | January 10, 2012 | 6:10 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An Old West gunbattle re-enactor in South Dakota who wounded three spectators by firing real bullets instead of blanks admitted hiding two handguns and ammunition after the incident.

Forty-nine-year-old Paul Doering of Summerset admitted in a plea agreement signed last week that he tampered with evidence after the June 17 shooting during a performance in Hill City.

Doering is a convicted felon. He said that after the shooting he got rid of the remaining bullets and gave the guns to his girlfriend and told her to leave. She did not leave, and the guns were recovered.

A charge of tampering carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.