Man gets 35 years for shooting Portland cops

Man gets 35 years for shooting Portland cops

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Posted on August 1, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 10:46 AM

PORTLAND -- The man who wounded three police officers last year will spend the next 35 years in prison.

The judge told Ralph Turner, 62, that he intended to make sure he would not get out of prison in his lifetime.

Turner had been convicted on several felony crimes, including attempted aggravated murder, after his insanity defense was rejected.  He was found guilty of 12 counts of attempted aggravated murder, 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and 1 count of assault in the 1st degree for the attack on six Portland police officers.

Turner opened fire on police when they tried to check on him on March 6, 2011. Three officers went to Turner's home in the Brooklyn neighborhood for welfare check. After an officer at the door asked if the three could come inside, shots were fired through the front door.

One officer was hit by gunfire and two of the officers were injured by shrapnel.

Turner's fiancée had warned in a 911 call that he was suicidal.

Turner's trial began on April 6. His attorneys argued that he was mentally ill at the time of the shooting.

The prosecution countered that his insanity defense didn't arise until nine months after the shootings.

All of the wounded officers survived the shooting.

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