- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A man convicted of assaulting a New Mexico sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Clemente De La Cruz was sentenced Monday. He was convicted of aggravated assault on a peace officer with intent to kill, tampering with evidence and resisting, evading and obstructing an officer trying to make an arrest.

A Dona Ana County sheriff’s deputy reported seeing De La Cruz make a traffic violation on April 15, 2013.

When the deputy pulled up alongside, De La Cruz said he had car problems.

The deputy approached De La Cruz’s car with a flashlight.

De La Cruz reportedly jumped out of his car with a sawed-off shotgun and tried to shoot the deputy, but the weapon failed. He fled, but was later arrested.

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