Daytona Beach man who shot police officer with AK-47 sentenced to 30 years in prison

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A Daytona Beach man received a 30-year prison sentence in connection to shooting a police officer with an AK-47.

Raymond Roberts Jr., 44, on Friday pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree murder with serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted in-state felon and two counts of attempted first-degree murder by discharging a firearm, court records show.

Roberts will serve the full sentence under what's known as the state's "10-20-Life" law.

Police responded to the city's Midtown area on Nov. 25, 2018, for a report of a man waving around an assault rifle.

Raymond Roberts Jr., pictured here at his first appearance on Nov. 26, 2018, was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison.
Raymond Roberts Jr., pictured here at his first appearance on Nov. 26, 2018, was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison.

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Roberts fired multiple rounds at three officers, striking one of them in the arm.

The bullet severed a nerve in Officer Kevin Hird's right arm, leaving the Marine veteran with a life-changing injury.

Hird returned to duty about 13 months after the shooting; he left the department in June 2021.

Kevin Hird is pictured here in early 2020 when he returned to duty as a Daytona Beach police officer, just over a year after suffering a life-changing injury to his right arm from a felon's AK-47.
Kevin Hird is pictured here in early 2020 when he returned to duty as a Daytona Beach police officer, just over a year after suffering a life-changing injury to his right arm from a felon's AK-47.

Police Chief Jakari Young said he's pleased with the outcome the State Attorney's Office reached.

Roberts previously used firearms in threats against Daytona Beach police in March 2018.

"Our law enforcement officers willingly stand between us and those who would do us harm," State Attorney R.J. Larizza said in a news release. "When they are threatened and attacked by criminal elements in our communities, it is our duty to vigorously prosecute the offenders and seek lengthy prison sentences."

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