- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A man convicted of using a semi-automatic rifle to shoot at police officers outside a northeastern Pennsylvania shopping center has been sentenced to nearly 200 years in prison.

Scott Sargent was found guilty earlier this year on numerous charges stemming from the October 2015 shooting, including attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault and reckless endangering.

A judge Thursday ordered that the sentences on most of the charges be served consecutively, meaning the 33-year-old Shenandoah man faces a minimum of 179 years in prison to a maximum of 258 years.

Luzerne County prosecutors say police exchanged fire with Sargent in the crowded Wilkes-Barre township parking lot near Walmart, wounding him.

Sargent testified that he didn’t see any officers and was firing warning shots, believing he was being followed.


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