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Man sentenced to 20 years for trying to kill LMPD officer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to kill a Louisville Metro Police officer.

Dionetre Martin -- a 17-year-old at the time of the crime -- now faces that sentence for his role in the attempted murder of a police officer. His alleged accomplice, Donald Jackson, was in Wednesday morning deciding if he was going to take the same kind of plea deal in this case to avoid going to trial.

This story goes back to Feb. 2012, when Officer Lamont Washington was one of the first to respond to a robbery at a home near Churchill Downs. Martin was one of three suspects to run from the scene. He fired three shots at Officer Washington to get away from the chase and two of the bullets hit Officer Washington. One hit Officer Washington's hand. The other hit his chest, but not before going through his badge and his bullet-proof vest -- and many say that's what saved his life.

"I'm completely happy with what the court said," Officer Washington said today. "The finality of what could have happened to me was just an inch or so from going the other way. So I think that 20 years is just. As young as he is, after serving 20 years, he'll still have a nice full life to make an impact on the community if that's what he wants to do."

Prosecutors say Martin's co-defendant, Dominique Gosnell, took a plea deal last month and must serve 17 years for his role in the robbery.

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