CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) - Judge Gloria Reno has sentenced cop shooter George Issac Jones to life plus 45 years for paralyzing Officer Matt Crosby.
Officer Crosby was shot and paralyzed on April 8th of 2010 while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a Rock Hill home.
Jones was wanted on felony warrants from Tennessee. Apparently determined not to go back to jail, he fired at Officer Crosby. The slug passed through Crosby's shoulder and clipped his spinal cord. Crosby was paralyzed. He is still in a wheel chair today.
Jones was charged with two assault counts and two counts of armed criminal action. During his trial last month, he decided to enter the 'Alford Plea'. Meaning he acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.
Jones told the court he was in an alcoholic blackout when he shot Crosby. He also said his lawyer was incompetent. The judge listened and sentenced him to life anyway.
Officer Matt Crosby was in the courtroom's front row in his wheelchair. He declined an offer from the judge to speak. He just watched.