Glendale Man Gets 24 Years in Prison for Shooting Cop

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.

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. 

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James King
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