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Sentence out for attempted murder of officer

May 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
On Monday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge imposed the maximum sentence on a 30-year-old man who shot and wounded a Los Angeles police officer.Judge Ronald Rose sentenced Samuel Jackson to 40 years to life in state prison. Jackson was convicted on May 6 of one count each of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Jurors also found true allegations that Jackson personally and intentionally used and discharged a firearm that caused great bodily injury to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Owen Berger.

Prosecutors say on Nov. 7, 2008, Berger and his partner responded to an early-morning incident in Watts, when Jackson shot Berger in the wrist and in the chest, causing severe damage to his right arm.

Authorities say Officer Berger did not sustain life-threatening injuries because he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest.