Man gets 66 years for robbery and police officer, posse member shootings

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PHOENIX -- A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 66 years in prison for shooting a Phoenix police officer and a volunteer sheriff's posse member minutes after robbing two strip-club employees of $18,000 by gunpoint.

Roger Sharp was sentenced Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty last month to charges including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery.

"I am sorry for the victims and their families, and nothing I can do can change that," he said in court Friday.

Authorities say Officer Scott Sefranka chased Sharp and another suspect after the robbery on New Year's Eve 2014, and the pair crashed their car. The Maricopa County posse member, Phillip Grigg, was driving by and helped the officer confront Sharp. Both were shot with the officer's gun during a struggle.

Grigg was hospitalized for six months for his injuries.

"What I'm asking for today is that justice be served," Sefranka said to Judge Joseph Kreamer on Friday. "Your honor, I ask that Mr. Roger Allen Sharp be accountable to the maximum penalty."

In the courtroom packed with police officers, Sefranka recounted the shooting.

"I can still remember the echoing sound of the gun ringing out that day," he said. "I remember the feeling of it tearing into my abdomen, the burning, searing pain."

As Sefranka left the courtroom Friday, he called Sharp's sentence "just."

"Last night was a sleepless night," he said. "I'm sure there will still be more in the future, but, like I said, the main, most important thing is there's a resolution. There was an outcome and we can all start to move forward."

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A 27-year-old man faces 66 years in prison after being sentenced in a Phoenix armed robbery and the shooting minutes afterward of a police officer and a Maricopa County sheriff's posse member.

Judge Joseph Kreamer sentenced Roger Sharp in Maricopa County Superior Court on Friday.

Sharp last month pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Officer Scott Sefranka and posse member Phillip Grigg were shot and wounded Dec. 31 during a struggle after a collision in a Phoenix intersection.

The collision occurred following the robbery of $18,000 from two strip-club employees outside a restaurant.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he is pleased with the sentencing.

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