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Man slapped with 120-year sentence after courtroom outburst, taunting

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Published on Mar 4, 2009

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A man convicted of attempted murder and assault for firing at a SWAT team and wounding an officer in Washington state has been sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle handed down the sentence after 30-year-old Matthew Hastings yelled at the judge and taunted officers in the courtroom.

Hastings was convicted last month of shooting at a SWAT team during a 20-hour standoff in Vancouver in July 2007. The wounded officer has returned to duty.

At one point during the testy exchange Monday, Wulle told Hastings, "shut your d*** mouth!" He then accepted the state's sentencing recommendation.

The judge later apologized to anyone in the courtroom who was offended.




(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Dax Corsiar (Weeaboo)
Some people get 30 years to life in prison for murder. This guy gets 120 years? We have a weird Justice System.
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Doctor.Octogon
Police get a 1 month suspension for killing 2 civilians while a civilian gets 120 years for WOUNDING  a cop...
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QFGlass
JUST ANOTHER DICK-HEAD JUDGE THAT THINKS HE"S GOD.
MeanMuggin Mike
They need to put the judge in jail for abusing his authority. Then they wonder y there hated so much. 
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MrPaseante
120 years for wounding someone?!?!?!?! that is crazy
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Thatruthson
So wounding a police officer gets 120 years in jail? What makes a police officer's wound more special than a normal person/child's life? This system is bullshit
Xaminer003
holy shit! 120 years for shooting a cop?? but 2 to 4 years for shooting a normal person or raping a kid? america is fucked up, it's a bully to it's own citizens
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qwe qwen
How come no one is writing racist comments? oh yea he is white. i forgot.
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neckarsulme
So cops can murder innocent people and get a paid vacation, but this guy shoots and wounds a cop and gets 120 years?.....ok
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Dunc Bee
No wonder your prisons are full Your judges are lunatics This judge is not fit to pass sentence on anyone.
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