Man gets 83 years in shooting of Jackson officer

March 12, 2012 in News

JACKSON – (AP) A federal appeals court panel has upheld the 83-year sentence given a man for his role in a 2008 shooting and carjacking that injured a Jackson police officer.

Antonio Turner was sentenced in 2010 after being convicted of interference with interstate commerce, carjacking, the use of a firearm in relation to each of those offenses and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Turner's convictions Wednesday.

Officer DeWayne Collier survived the shooting, but suffered a stroke that paralyzed his right side and part of his face. Collier has said he has no memory of the shooting.

Prosecutor said Turner and his half-brother, Cornelius Black, held up a title loan company and a fast-food restaurant on July 7, 2008, then wrecked their car as Collier chased them.

Authorities said Turner shot Collier when the officer approached their vehicle. Collier was pulled out of his police car, and Turner drove away in it.

Turner was convicted in August 2009 on three counts related to the robbery, but jurors couldn't agree on charges related to the carjacking and shooting of Collier.

Turner was convicted of armed carjacking and using a weapon in the commission of a violent crime during a trial in August 2010.

Black pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the case and testified against Turner as part of his plea bargain. Black was sentenced to 127 months in federal prison.

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