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Man convicted of stealing a police cruiser and trying to run over officer learns fate

Jamal Gwynn holding his chest in court, May 26, 2016. (KSNV file)

The man convicted of stealing a police cruiser and then trying to run over the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer he took it from learned his fate in court on Thursday.

Jamal Gwynn is sentenced to 25 years. He is eligible for parole in 10 years.

According to the plea deal, Gwynn is now guilty of robbery with use of a deadly weapon and battery with use of a deadly weapon.

In May 2016, Gwynn led an LVMPD officer on a foot chase after he stole a car from a woman and her three children while armed.

He was then able to get into the LVMPD officer's patrol car.

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Detectives say he then began pulling at the rifle kept inside of the car.

LVMPD Officer Patrick Sherwood shot into the vehicle, hitting Gwynn twice in the chest.

Throughout this case, police and the prosecution have argued that surveillance video from that day shows Gwynn nearly running over the officer as he stole the patrol car. After losing control of the vehicle, Gwynn was arrested.

Today in court, Gwynn’s public defender said that he didn’t “intend to run over the police officer” when he hit the gas and that “he was high and had just been shot twice.”

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Gwynn’s family also spoke out. They feel a 10-25 year prison sentence is too high for this crime.

“10-15 max. But 10-25? No. That’s too much,” said Gwynn’s mother Lisa Napper.

“5-15, 5-10 for the robbery. No. Not for almost losing your life, 25 years. No,” said his brother, Raheem.

As part of Gwynn’s plea deal, eight of his original 10 charges were thrown out — including attempted murder and child endangerment. The prosecution told the judge on Thursday that the maximum sentence of all those charges carries the weight of 108 years behind bars.

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