Joseph Sandoval gets 87-year prison term in police shooting

PHOENIX - A man accused of shooting a Phoenix police officer will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Joseph Sandoval, 28, was sentenced Friday to 87 years in jail. He must serve 72 years before he is eligible for any possible release.

Sandoval is accused of shooting the officer back in 2011.

Police responded to a 911 call about a suspected trespassing at an abandoned trailer.

As officers surrounded the trailer, they say Sandoval fired on them and struck a nearby occupied trailer where children were hiding.

One policeman was shot twice but survived.

Police said Sandoval was out of prison for 15 days before the shooting.

The officer suffered life-threatening injuries and was unable to return to full duty for several months.

In December of 2011, a Grand Jury charged Sandoval with attempted first degree murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm and endangerment.  

After a nine day trial, a jury found Sandoval guilty on all counts and 65 factors in aggravation.

The sentence imposed Friday by the judge includes 27 years for attempted murder.


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