Man gets 39 years for shooting Pittsburgh officer

September 4, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man was sentenced to 39 to 78 years in prison for wounding a city police officer after a judge said she didn’t believe the defendant’s apology.

Allegheny County Judge Beth Lazzara told 20-year-old Dante Bonner Thursday she doubted his sincerity because Bonner swore at Officer Christopher Kertis at a guilty plea hearing in June and said, “I should have (expletive) killed you.”

Bonner was critically wounded after shooting Kertis twice in the leg about 3:45 a.m. on March 17, 2013.

Police say Kertis gave chase when Bonner ran away after police stopped a vehicle at the Port Authority East Busway Parking Lot. Kertis tripped over a parking barrier breaking both his wrists, before Bonner shot Kertis twice while he was down. Another officer then shot Bonner.

Kertis returned to duty in June 2013.



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