ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man nicknamed “Eyeball” because of a tattoo that darkened the white part of his right eye pleaded guilty to shooting an Anchorage police officer.
Jason Barnum was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday in Anchorage Superior Court.
KTUU reported the 30-year-old pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary and third-degree felony in possession of a weapon.
The shooting happened when police were investigating home burglaries and car thefts. Officers were inspecting a hotel in 2012 when Barnum opened fire from a bathroom. Two officers shot back, striking Barnum in the arm, and one officer was injured. Barnum later admitted to the committing thefts and burglaries to feed a heroin addiction.
In court, Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew took the stand to argue for a harsh sentence. “I think Jason Barnum decided a long time ago that his life was about being hostile…
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