Hemet police booby trap suspect sentenced

HEMET, Calif.

Nicholas Smit was convicted in November of the attempted murder of a police officer who had arrested him on a drug charge.

Prosecutors say in one attempt, Smit rerouted natural gas into the office of a gang task force and rigged an explosion.

No one was hurt in any of the attacks.

The Press Enterprise reported that a judge sentenced Smit Friday to the maximum sentence.

Smit's alleged co-conspirator is set to be tried separately in January.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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