18 months in prison for shooting and wounding a policeman with paintball

A man prosecuted for having shot and wounded with a paintball a policeman who intervened on a road check in Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d’Armor), in July, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison, including 18 months with reprieve, we learned from a judicial source. Injured in one eye, the policeman had received a ball of paint in the face during a traffic check on the evening of July 22.

He had been recognized for a total interruption of work of ten days. Actively wanted, the 25-year-old shooter surrendered himself to the police on August 3. He had been placed in police custody and referred to the prosecution, then imprisoned. Summoned to the Saint-Brieuc Criminal Court on Friday, the defendant was found guilty of “violence resulting in more than eight days of total incapacity for work on a person holding public authority and with the use or threat of a weapon”said the public prosecutor Nicolas Heitz in a press release.

He was sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment, including 18 months accompanied by a probationary suspension for 2 years with the obligations to work, to provide care, and to compensate the victim for the damage suffered. The defendant, previously convicted for acts “of violence, outrages and rebellion”, was kept in detention.

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