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Ex-Convict Sentenced to Life in Santa Monica Officer's Shooting

 

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By Lookout Staff

August 17, 2018 -- An ex-convict who seriously wounded a Santa Monica police officer during a traffic stop in 2010 was sentenced Thursday to 125 years to life in prison.

The sentencing came after a jury in May found Dante Glenn Leverette, 40, guilty of three counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a police officer and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

A two-time convict from Los Angeles, Leverette attempted to shoot two other officers in the early morning hours of May 18, 2010 during a DUI stop at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Bay Street.

The 11-man, one-woman jury, which deliberated for about two hours, found the attempted murders were willful, deliberate and premeditated.

Leverette's defense attorney Edmont Barrett argued that the injured officer appeared to have been shot "by one of his own men."

Leverette, who was free on bail in a pending case, was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over shortly after 1:30 a.m..

He jumped out and shot at the officers, who were administering a sobriety test on the driver, striking one of them in the groin area.

The officers returned fire, and Leverette fled, police said.

A perimeter of the area was set up, and SMPD’s S.W.A.T. Team and K-9 officers were called in to assist with the search.

Officers from the City of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Inglewood, El Segundo, Gardena and California Highway Patrol also responded.

Nine police K9s were called in to help with the search.

After searching for more than three hours, police located Leverette in an alley adjacent to where the initial traffic stop occurred.

He confronted the officers and was shot multiple times, SMPD officials said.

Leverette was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries from the K-9 contact and gunshot wounds.

 


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