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WELD COUNTY, Colo. – During National Police Week a Colorado judge sent a message to his community by sentencing a 21-year-old man to 96 years in prison for shooting a police sergeant in the face and trying to shoot another during an ambush in December 2019.
Matthew Cotter was sentenced by Judge Vincente Vigil to nearly a century in prison Thursday morning. The defendant was convicted in February of shooting Fort Lupton Police Sgt. Christopher Pelton in the face and attempting to shoot Sgt. Jeremy Sagner, Law&Crime reported.
Police were responding to a call Dec. 2, 2019, regarding an armed man outside the residence who had reportedly texted his ex-girlfriend: “It’s too late.” The caller said Cotter threatened violence against the woman and claimed he would take his own life, according to 9 News.
Harrowing bodycam footage captured the moment that gunfire erupted and Sgt. Pelton
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