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Man gets 15 year term for shooting

A 20-year-old Brooksville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for the mysterious shooting of a family friend seven times with a .22-caliber handgun. Scott Martineau, of 16332 Pointview Road, pleaded no contest to the still-unexplained shooting of 35-year-old Allan Helf in February.

Martineau was found guilty of attempted murder by Circuit Judge Jack Springstead, who also sentenced him to 15 years of probation to follow his prison term, fined him $250 in court costs and ordered him to stay away from the victim.

"Neither his parents nor the victim nor I know what the motive was," said Assistant State Attorney Don Scaglione, who prosecuted the case.

Martineau, who had known the Helf family since he was a child, had been at Helf's home the night he was shot. According to court records, Martineau went to the bathroom after Helf said he was planning to go to bed. He entered Helf's bedroom shortly afterward, firing 10 times and hitting Helf seven times in the head and body.

Helf, who was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, has recovered, although Scaglione said there is still one bullet that needs to be removed.

Helf is the owner of Highland Body Shop on State Road 50, where Martineau apparently had worked a year and a half earlier.

Court documents say the two were not arguing the night of the shooting, and that Helf's wife, Dorothy, was at home at the time of the shooting.

Martineau ran into nearby woods after shooting, taking the keys to Helf's house, business and car. He was arrested the next evening about a mile south of Helf's home.

Scaglione said Martineau offered no explanation for the shooting during his sentencing.

"It's a pretty strange case," he said. "I'd like to know the motive."

Under terms of the plea agreement, Scaglione agreed to waive the mandatory three-year prison term for a firearm conviction in exchange for a pretrial agreement that included a 15-year sentence and allowed the victim to avoid giving depositions and spared him from the emotional stress of a jury trial.