SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man charged with firing shots outside a local karaoke bar in 2020 will be on supervised probation for five years after sentencing Friday.

A prison sentence was suspended for John Melvin John Menke, who entered an Alford plea in January to a count of unlawful use of a weapon. Probation was granted over the objection of Greene County prosecutors, according to Prosecutor Dan Patterson.

An Alford Plea means Menke did not admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict him.