NJ man sentenced for wounding Philly cop

May 29, 2009 6:56:39 AM PDT
A judge has sentenced a New Jersey man to prison for shooting a Philadelphia police officer last year.

Forty-three-year-old Rakin Thabit, of Camden, pleaded guilty in April to charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm, robbery and conspiracy. He was sentenced Thursday to 17 to 40 years in prison.

Officer Mark Uffelman became emotional as he described in court how he was shot in the arm around 1:30 a.m. on June 24 as he and Officer David McAndrews interrupted a robbery and chased Thabit and another suspect, 23-year-old Jonathan Massa, also of Camden.

Assistant District Attorney Caroline Keating said Thabit fired six shots at Uffelman from about 10 feet away.

Keating asked for a sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison.

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