Man gets prison term in Phoenix police shooting

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- A convicted felon has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for a 2013 shooting that wounded a Phoenix police officer.

Maricopa County prosecutors say Brandon McCabe was sentenced Thursday to an aggravated term.

He was convicted in August of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, misconduct involving weapons, criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.

McCabe was accused of shooting Officer Peter "Chris" Bennett on the night of Jan. 6, 2013.

The 36-year-old Bennett survived wounds to his face, right arm and right hip.

Phoenix police say Bennett approached McCabe in an area with a high burglary rate.

They say McCabe ignored the officer's command and the two exchanged gunfire.

McCabe was arrested after being found hiding in a shed. He had gunshot wounds to both hands.

"He has earned a life sentence in prison, your Honor," Detective Bennett told the judge at sentencing.

Bennett indicated the defendant's behavior in court spoke volumes.

"As I sat there, he pointed and chuckled with the inmate next to him, telling him that I was the officer he shot.  His lack of remorse lasted through the trial," Bennett said. 

Bennett's mother spoke to the judge Thursday.

"A mother never wants to bury a child. That's what you intended to accomplish. You stood over him and shot several times with the intent to leave him dead alongside the road.  This was not an accident.  This was not a mistake.  It was cold and calculated without remorse," Susan Bennett said.

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia also spoke, asking the judge to impose the maximum sentence.

McCabe apologized to the officer and his family, and blamed his actions on childhood abuse, and a life on the streets.

"This was the biggest mistake of my life. There's no way I can take it back," the defendant said.

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