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Driver gets 35 years after plowing into Phoenix police

June 4, 2019
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FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Marc Laquon Payne, who is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday on 12 felony convictions, including three counts of attempted murder, for deliberately plowing a car into three Phoenix police officers two years ago outside a convenience store. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — A man who deliberately plowed a car into three Phoenix police officers two years ago outside a convenience store was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison after being convicted of attempted murder and other felonies.

The 2016 attack by Marc Laquon Payne left an officer with a broken leg, another with a concussion, and a third with minor injuries.

Prosecutors have not disclosed a possible motive.

Payne’s lawyer previously asked a court to evaluate whether his client was mentally fit to assist in his defense, saying Payne seemed to be having visual and audio hallucinations.

A judge later deemed Payne psychologically competent.

The attack came during an especially violent year for police officers nationwide that included separate deadly attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Authorities have said Payne sped across the store’s parking lot and slammed into the standing officers.

One was thrown over the front of Payne’s vehicle, while another was pinned between a police SUV and Payne’s vehicle.

The third officer fought with Payne after he was removed from the vehicle. Payne was detained after an officer used a stun gun.

Payne’s vehicle also hit the front of the convenience store, forcing an employee to jump out of the way.

Payne previously pleaded guilty to 12 felonies, including attempted murder, aggravated assault and criminal damage.

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