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60 Years To Life In Prison For Man Who Shot Manchester, NH Police Officer

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS/AP) — With a smirk on his face, 22-year-old Myles Webster was sentenced to 60 years to life in a New Hampshire State prison for the attempted murder of New Hampshire police officer Daniel Doherty.

“He failed at killing me and I am here to stand in front of you to ask for a significant and justifiable sentence,” Doherty told the judge.

Webster and Doherty exchanged looks, but Webster showed no emotion when Doherty read his impact statement.

“Any person who gets shot, faces death and recovers has a significant scar to live with everyday. And I live with that everyday,” Doherty said.

Investigators say Doherty was shot in March 2012 after responding to a call about a suspicious man who appeared to have a handgun tucked in his waistband.

Webster shot Doherty several times at close range seriously injuring him.

Outside the courtroom, Doherty received a round of applause from his fellow officers.

“The justice system has worked. As far as me I have scars on my body, but in the long run I’ll be back chasing the bad guys just like back on March 1st.,” Doherty said.

Doherty’s family was also at court today hugging their son.

“Closure is finally here and we have our son. He is with us and we will heal now that man will never hurt anybody ever again,” Mary Doherty said.

Webster did not speak at the hearing. His lawyer had sought a sentence of 20 years to life on the attempted murder charge and suspended sentences on several other convictions.

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