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Man who rammed car into Phoenix police sentenced to 35 years in prison

PHOENIX – A man who purposefully drove a car into three Phoenix police officers standing in a parking lot was sentenced to 35 years in prison Tuesday.

Marc Laquon Payne pleaded guilty in April to 12 felony charges, including three counts of attempted first-degree murder. He had faced 10 to 54 years in prison for ramming a car into the officers at a convenience store near Interstate 17 and Camelback Road in September 2016.

One officer suffered a broken leg, another had a concussion and a third suffered minor injuries in the 2 a.m. attack.

“This defendant’s intentional and reckless actions put the lives of many in danger that day and directly threatened the lives of three police officers who were serving and protecting our community,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a prepared statement.

“Today’s sentencing will provide him with enough time to reflect on his decisions,” he said.

Police said Payne pulled into the lot and sat in the car for a few minutes before gunning the engine and heading for the officers, who were responding to a call.

The attack came during an especially violent year for police officers nationwide, including separate deadly attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

One officer was flung across the hood of Payne’s sedan, while another was pinned between a police SUV and the car.

Payne was eventually subdued when an officer used a stun gun on him.

Payne’s car also hit the front of the store, where he nearly hit an employee.

A judge ruled Payne was mentally fit to stand trial.

Editor’s note: In a previous version of this story, the court erroneously announced the sentence as 49 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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