CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting a Cape Coral police officer.
A Lee County judge sentenced 21-year-old Yousel Rivera on Monday. He was convicted last month of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm.
Authorities say Rivera — a documented member of the Krazy Getdown Boys gang — admitted to shooting Officer David Wagoner three times during a 2011 traffic stop.
Rivera's lawyer argued that the shooting was caused by a seizure, but prosecutors said Rivera fired the shots because he didn't want to be arrested.
The News-Press (http://goo.gl/MUQqSc) reports that two of the slugs struck Wagoner's body armor, while the third hit his abdomen. He has since returned to work.
Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com