ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - There was high drama inside a St. Louis city courtroom Friday morning as a man already convicted of shooting a St. Louis police officer was sentenced to life in prison then had an outburst as he was being led out at the end of the hearing.
21-year-old Kim Dwayne Cobb, Junior received four life sentences for shooting officer Lucas Roethlisberger three times back in October of 2010.
Roethlisberger`s partner Luke Kallal was hit by fragments but not seriously hurt.
Cobb pled guilty to two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and two counts of armed criminal action in March.
He received a life sentence for each count but Judge Dennis Schaumann ordered the sentences to be served concurrently. As a result, it amounts to one life sentence.
Cobb will be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of the 30 year life sentence.
There were cheers from the many St. Louis police who were in the courtroom when the sentence was handed down. At the same time, there were tears from Cobb`s family. Deputies and judge Schaumann had to ask for order in the court. Then things really got interesting.
As the sentencing was ending and Cobb was being led out by St. Louis sheriff`s deputies, he yelled 'f--- you all!' at least twice in the direction of the St. Louis police officers who were in the courtroom.
Cobb`s family became emotional telling him to stop. But he didn`t seem to care.
Three deputies had to physically restrain Cobb and in the end, it appeared they almost had to throw him out of the courtroom into an adjoining hallway.
For his part, the now 27-year-old Roethlisberger has returned to the force after going through extensive rehabilitation for his injuries.
In fact, he is back patrolling the same area where he got shot.
Roethlisberger, who called Cobb a "coward" during his victim impact statement, was shot three times by Cobb during a traffic stop.
One of the wounds severed his carotid artery.
He suffered two strokes including one during surgery and had to learn many basic skills as part of his recovery.
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