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Paul, Minn. WCCO —A shooting that nearly killed Waseca Police Office Arik Matson last January is prompting a group of Minnesota lawmakers to introduce a bill toughening penalties for attempted murder of a police officer.
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A year ago last week, Matson was shot was shot while chasing a suspect through a Waseca neighborhood. He sustained serious injuries that required multiple surgeries and rehab.
The man who shot him, Tyler Janovsky, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for that crime, and others he committed against additional officers who were on the scene. The bill was introduced in the Minnesota Senate by Sen. Paul, Sen. David Tomassoni of the newly formed Independent Caucus and Sen. John Jasinski, R-Faribault.
Jasinski and supporters of the bill at a news conference Thursday said current law does not provide enough of a penalty for people convicted of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, judge, prosecutor or correctional officer. Right now, the maximum sentence is 20 years with release under supervision after two-thirds — or for a year-sentence, 14 years — is served.
The proposal would effectively double the maximum sentence by boosting the penalty to life in prison, with a mandate that at least 30 years served before the convicted is eligible for release.
In a statement, Democratic Speaker Melissa Hortman said she looks forward to continued conversations about public safety, but declined to comment on the bill specifically. Video Library.
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