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Life In Prison For Man Who Shot Framingham Police Officer In Face

By Paul Burton, WBZ-TV
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Sahr Josiah led into court after his arrest in April 2009.

Sahr Josiah led into court after his arrest in April 2009.

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FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – The man who shot a Framingham Police officer in the face three years ago was sentenced to life in prison in Middlesex Superior Court.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

Sahr Josiah, 24, was found guilty of armed assault with intent to murder, armed assault to rob a person 60 or older, armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports

In 2009, Framingham Police Sgt. Phil Hurton was shot in the face and hand while trying to arrest Josiah, after he robbed a taxi driver on Beaver Street. Sahr was sentenced to 40 years in prison plus life for the conviction.

Hurton suffered serious hand injuries, as well as a shattered jaw. “I really don’t regard him. I can’t allow that hate for what he did to me to build up,” Sgt. Hurton said outside Superior Court.

Sgt. Hurton returned to the force just four months after he was shot.

With tears streaming down her face, Josiah’s mother blames herself for her son’s actions. “That’s all he knows is violence. That’s what he was born and raised in. As a parent I should be thrown in jail not that child,” Sahr Josiah’s mother said.

Sgt. Hurton said he’s happy this dangerous career criminal is behind bars. “There will never be closure. I think it will be with me for my whole career. My scars are a constant reminder of what can happen and how dangerous this is,” Sgt. Hurton said.

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