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Turner gets 83 years for shooting police officer

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) Antonio turner, will spend the next 83 years in prison. Turner was sentenced this morning in federal court for the 2008 carjacking and shooting of J.P. D. officer Dewayne Collier.

Police say Turner and his half brother Cornelius Black held up a title loan company and fast-food restaurant back in July 2008.  During a police chase led by officer Collier, the pair then wrecked their car. 

Before Collier could exit his squad car, he was shot by Turner.  Testimony showed the Turner threw Collier out of the car, and sped off.  Collier survived.

In an attempt to lighten his sentence, Turners attorney's made numerous objections to the sentencing, but in the end, Judge Dan Jordan denied every one.  Jordan read Turners criminal history aloud, which began at age 16, involving drug and weapons charges.  Jordan said he never showed any respect for the law.

U.S. attorney John Dowdy left the courthouse saying, "That's what society needed, this man needed to be put in prison for the rest of his life."

Before he was sentenced, Antonio Turner addressed the court saying he felt sorry for Collier's family, but that he was innocent of the charges.

During an emotional plea for a harsh sentence, Colliers mother Janette told the court about her son's now permanently disabled state.  Officer Collier now walks with a cane, attends physical therapy several times a week, and is cared for around the clock, by his mother.

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