Man Gets 100 Years For Shooting Officer In The Face

A jury handed a Kansas man a 100-year sentence Wednesday for shooting a police officer in the face.

Omar Maria was convicted in March of assaulting a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action, reports Fox4KC.

The jury gave him 30 years for attempted assault on a law enforcement officer and 70 years for the armed criminal action charge. He will more than likely spend the rest of his life in jail since the sentences will be served consecutively.

Maria shot Pleasant Valley Officer Jacob Baldwin eight times in December 2014 after Baldwin pulled him over during a traffic stop. One of the bullets hit Baldwin under his eye and another grazed his chin, but he survived the shots.

“It was a bad day. I always tell people it was the most unlucky time of my life and also the luckiest time of my life because any difference and that bullet could have killed me,” Baldwin said after the sentencing.”I was very lucky and I think God was definitely watching over me.”

Baldwin still suffers from headaches and double vision, he said during the sentencing. The bullet is stuck underneath his right eye and pieces of glass remain in his face.

Maria had three previous felony convictions, including two convictions for vehicle thefts and one for a drug possession charge. He was not supposed to own a firearm because of these convictions.

The judge said he hoped the sentence would serve as an example for others.

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