Man sentenced to almost 300 years for shooting at deputies

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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Dennis James Vaughn, 61 (DOB 12/9/47), has been sentenced to 285 ¼ years in prison on charges related to his shootout with Sheriff's Office deputies attempting to serve a warrant at his Phoenix home in October 2006. Vaughn was found guilty on 33 charges on February 11, 2009.

The sentence was issued on April 17, 2009 in the courtroom of Judge Kristin Hoffman.

According to a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office probable cause statement, on October5, 2006, at approximately 2 a.m, Sheriff's deputies executed a high risk, night time no knock search warrant at 6535 N. 41st Avenue in Phoenix. During the execution of the warrant, Vaughn fired numerous rounds from a converted fully automatic AR-15 rifle at the Tactical Operations Unit surrounding the house.

There were 24 police personnel in the area where Vaughn was firing. Two of the deputies were struck by gun fire, onereceiving a shot to the leg, and the other several shots to the body and hand.

Thomas stated, "As this offender has learned, violent criminals who endanger the lives of Valley police officers will face vigorous prosecution for their crimes."

Vaughn was found guilty of: Counts 1-24 Aggravated Assault on Peace Officer F2D, 604 U, Aggravator - Lying in Wait, Count 25 Aggravated Assault, F3D, Counts 26, 27 Endangerment F6D, Counts 28-33 Misconduct Involving Weapons F4N

Deputy County Attorney Ted Duffy prosecuted the case.