A highly decorated police officer who was shot five times last year delivered a harsh message Tuesday to a Wayne Circuit judge who handed down what the officer called an “insulting” and “lenient” sentence to the convicted 25-year-old gunman.
Detroit Police Officer Arthur Matthews, 40, was shot the morning of May 6, 2011, while off-duty during a robbery attempt at a Marathon gas station on Michigan Avenue and 11th Street.
The shooter, Christopher Proctor, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, which each carry up to a life sentence. But Wayne Circuit Judge Ulysses Boykin on Tuesday sentenced Proctor to 14-25 years in prison.
Matthews, who still uses a cane as a result of his injuries from the shooting incident, stood up in the courtroom and called the judge’s sentence “insulting.” The patrolman, based in the department’s northeastern district, was named last week by the Detroit Police Officers Association as one of several Officers of the Year.
“There’s a sea of emotions I’ve had since this happened,” said Matthews, who has been on disability since the shooting. “The (sentence) has been whittled down to 14 years. I find that very insulting. That’s kid gloves, not attempted murder.
Source: George Hunter for The Detroit News.
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by Tactical-Life / May 3, 2012