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Jun 17, 8:53 PM EDT

Man who shot, almost killed Denver officer gets 52 years


DENVER (AP) -- A man who shot and almost killed a Denver police sergeant during a traffic stop has been sentenced to 52 years in prison.

The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/lsOJ9x ) 36-year-old Jason Wood was sentenced Friday for attempted murder of a peace officer and committing a crime of violence.

On Dec. 8, Wood shot 31-year-old Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. six times in his ballistic vest, left arm and at least twice in his legs. A bullet pierced Lopez's femoral artery.

Police say Wood fled, carjacked a sedan and was eventually stopped by officers.

Lopez said after Friday's hearing that Wood is "going where he needs to be." He added, "(I'm) going to a steakhouse tonight and he's going to eat a baloney sandwich somewhere."

Included in the sentence is a four-year term stemming from two separate cases.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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