Phoenix man seeks leniency in I-17 shooting case

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FLAGSTAFF -- A 50-year-old Phoenix man convicted of shooting at Department of Public Safety officers during a traffic stop on Interstate 17 is asking a judge for leniency and maintaining his innocence.

Scott R. Rapp asked a Coconino County judge during a hearing in Flagstaff on Friday to give him a sentence that will allow him to get out of prison and have a chance to be in his son's life. He said the death of another son at age 4 in the early 1990s led him astray.

A prosecutor urged the judge to sentence him to more than 60 years in prison for the May 2008 incident.

Rapp was driving a stolen SUV when officers pulled him over north of Camp Verde. They testified at his December trial that he came out shooting and they returned fire, hitting him five times. Rapp said he never fired the gun and was complying with orders.

Sentencing is set for later this month.

Information from: Arizona Daily Sun

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