- Associated Press - Saturday, June 15, 2019

DENVER (AP) - A 24-year-old man in the U.S. illegally has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for shooting at a Colorado police officer.

Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez was sentenced Friday in Denver district court on convictions of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault of an officer, retaliating against a witness and two counts of weapon possession.

Venzor-Gonzalez was a passenger in a vehicle that Denver police tried to stop in November 2017. The driver crashed into a parked car while fleeing the officers, and Venzor-Gonzalez escaped on foot, shooting at a pursuing police officer multiple times.

The officer shot back, wounding Venzor-Gonzalez, who still managed to evade capture for three days.

After his arrest, Vendor-Gonzalez escaped before being captured months later.



He will be tried in July on an escape charge.

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