- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A man authorities say shot at a pursuing New Haven police detective during a foot chase through a dark residential neighborhood has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The New Haven Register (https://bit.ly/1TdBvIb ) reports that Joseph Newton was sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in February to attempted assault on a police officer.

Prosecutors say Newton fired at a group of civilians on Oct. 9, 2014, then opened fire at police as they chased him through pitch-black yards.

The police officer fired upon said in a written statement that Newton showed “complete disregard for human life” as he “wildly fired.”

Newton’s attorney said it was a weak case because the state relied on a confidential informant, but Newton accepted a plea deal because he owes “lots of time” on a probation violation.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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