Man gets life for shooting, wounding South Carolina officer
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of shooting and wounding a police officer in South Carolina in 2013.
A Charleston County jury deliberated about 45 minutes Thursday night before returning a guilty verdict on a charge of attempted murder against 32-year-old Mark Lorenzo Blake Jr., news outlets reported.
The charge carries a maximum of 30 years in prison, but Circuit Judge William Keesley sentenced Blake to life under the “three strikes” law. Blake already was serving a 25-year sentence for convictions on charges of drug possession and trafficking.
Blake acted as his own lawyer, which allowed him to question former Charleston officer Cory Goldstein, who was shot in the thigh, arm, shoulder and finger. Another bullet hit is ballistic vest.
Blake did not deny shooting Goldstein, but said he fired in self-defense. He told jurors that Goldstein shot at him from behind.
Goldstein said he tried to stop Blake for running stop signs in a mall parking lot. The officer said Goldstein ignored the blue light and sirens and crashed along a ramp to Interstate 526.
He said Blake got out of the car and ran with a .40 caliber Glock handgun. Blake told jurors he didn’t know he was being followed by police.
Goldstein chased Blake behind a motel and there was an exchange of gunfire.
Goldstein now works outside South Carolina as an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.