Man gets 16 to 32 years for firing on police

July 29, 2009 7:21:15 AM PDT
A suburban Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 16 to 32 years for firing on police officers who responded to a domestic call at his home in October 2008. Thirty-two-year-old Paul Barbour of Chester pleaded guilty in December to four counts of aggravated assault involving the officers. He also entered a plea in a separate assault case involving a bouncer at a Chester bar in May 2008.

Judge Kevin Kelly also sentenced Barbour to 10 years probation, noting his prior record that includes assault, recklessly endangering and robbery.

Chester SWAT Team member Ernest Manerchia, one of the officers who responded that day, called the sentence fair.

Barbour apologized to the officers, saying he did not know what he was doing. Defense attorney Robert DAgostino says his client was depressed and intoxicated that day but he is now on medication for mental illness.

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Information from: Delaware County Daily Times, http://www.delcotimes.com

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