Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A man convicted in the unprovoked shooting of a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.
The Hays Daily News reports Trooper Doug Schulte attended the sentencing Tuesday of Ruben Herrera Escobedo. Schulte urged the judge to order Escobedo to serve consecutive terms of 59 months for aggravated battery and 18 months for aggravated assault.
Escobedo was initially charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the January 2011 shooting. He later pleaded no contest to the lesser charges.
Schulte described in court how he approached Escobedo's pickup truck after a traffic stop in Hays.
He said Escobedo got out and fired with a .357-caliber revolver. The bullet nicked Schulte's protective vest, went through his chest and exited through his back.