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* San Jose Man Gabriel Sanchez Who Shot At Police Sentenced To 48 Years In Prison

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A man who opened fire on two police officers after being pulledover for a routine stop last November will be sentenced in October to 48 years in state prison, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.Gabriel Sanchez, 28, of San Jose, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with a firearm on a police officer and one count of discharging a firearm at an occupied motor vehicle. Sanchez also admitted that he intentionally discharged the firearm while committing the crime, according to the district attorney’s office.San Jose police arrested Sanchez on the night of Nov. 14, when he fired several rounds at a patrol vehicle after officers stopped to question him for running against a traffic signal on Keyes Street, according to police.The officers were not injured and the patrol car was not damaged,according to San Jose police.Sanchez fled on foot but officers found him two hours later hiding in his girlfriend’s home.Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15.

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  • It’s ironic that Gabriel, as an experienced target shooter growing up around law enforcement officers, was able to “fire several rounds” at the car but never hit the vehicle that was a mere 10 feet away. He also suffered a dibilitating childhood affliction that left him with an immobile,artificial hip and unable to walk well, let alone run…but he managed to “run” from experienced police officers who were “scared for their lives”…all without a single shot being fired back in their defense? This was a profiled case that had unsubstantiated evidence and used recent officer headlines to sensationalize the situation and unjustly convict a young man for more years than should be warranted. This never would have happened if there were only civilians involved!

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