Man who shot Cherry Hills Village officer gets 44 years in prison
ARAAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The man who shot and seriously injured a Cherry Hills Village police officer in a home burglary has been sentenced to 44 years in prison.
Angelo Alston was just 17 when prosecutors said he broke into a house with several other people. Alston pleaded guilty to attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated theft.
In August 2018, Constable Cory Sack responded to the call for help at home and was ambushed, shot in both legs. Sack was able to retaliate and hit the shooter. It was a single drop of blood left on the back fence of the house that led to his identification and arrest.
Sack said he prepared his remarks for the sentencing hearing after he was finally able to return to the scene. He told the judge, âThe accused represents the purest evil and selfishness that our society has to offer. He continued, âThere is no doubt in my mind that the accused wanted me dead so he could continue his gang lifestyle and his robberies. I had a badge. That was the reason he wanted me dead. While I was in intensive care trying to recover, the accused posted photos on social media showing the money and watches he had stolen.
Sack said he missed out on activities with his young children and was unable to attend family events while in hospital. He has had seven surgeries and is facing at least one more. âI did physical and mental recovery and got back to work. It’s one of the last things that keeps me and my family from avoiding a shutdown, âSack told FOX31’s Deborah Takahara after the sentencing.
The defendant also went to court. “I’m sorry for everything I’ve caused. I’m sorry for what Officer Sack went through while he was only protecting and serving. They shouldn’t have to go through all of this. I should have gone through this. make better choices I have made mistakes in my life and take responsibility for them I want to show the community that I am a better man.
Sack’s wife said her heroic acts that night saved an entire family. A family that is still so traumatized that they could not bring themselves to appear in court for the sentencing. âThe accused would be called lo lo with the fo fo, so I figured the 44-year-old would be appropriate in that case,â Sack said. The maximum penalty for attempted murder of a police officer is 48 years in prison.
“The defendant took responsibility for his actions, which is the first time I have heard this, so it was able to bring peace to me and my wife, help bring this to an end,” said Sack.
After the conviction, Sack briefly met the accused’s father. âI know it would not be appropriate to contact the accused at this time. I just wanted his dad to know. Neither today nor tomorrow, but I believe there will be a place in my heart where I forgive him for his actions.
It was the first time that a Cherry Hills Village police officer had been injured in the line of duty. Sack hopes it will be the last. âI hope it is a deterrent for others. You can’t just run around and cause trauma and victimize people for no reason. Your actions have real consequences, âsaid Sack.
Two other defendants had already been convicted of their role in the home invasion. Prosecutors believe there are two more that have yet to be identified.
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