A Glendale man who shot and wounded a Glendale police officer was sentenced to 24 years in prison by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.
Prosecutors charged 29-year-old Jeremy Kent with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and misconduct involving weapons following the 2006 shooting of Glendale police Officer Jeremy Esh.
Kent, according to prosecutors, was involved in a high-speed chase on December 16, 2006, when he crashed the car he was driving and tried to flee on foot.
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Police got out of their cars and began to chase Kent when he pulled a gun and started shooting.
One of the bullets Kent fired hit Esh in the neck, and while the injury was described as severe, the officer made a full recovery.
Kent got away, but not for long -- he was arrested a few days later and thrown in the slammer.
It seems that the 24 years Kent got yesterday is a bargain -- if the bullet had gone a few inches to the left or right and killed Esh, Kent would be looking at the business end of an executioner's needle and not a couple of decades in the hoosegow.