CLAYTON, Mo. (AP/KMOX) – Just as his trial was about to began, it’s over. On Monday 21-year-old Evan Lockhart admitted to shooting Maryland Heights police officer Joe Eagan in the face while apparently trying to steal his squad car.
Lockhart pleaded guilty to assault of a police officer, attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.
He is now sentenced to 30 years in prison.
On the night of December 18, 2010 Sgt. Eagan was conducting surveillance in Jennings when investigators say Evan Lockhart, who was 20-year-old at the time, and two teens walked up to steal Eagen’s unmarked patrol car.
In the process, according to investigators, Lackhart shot Eagan in the face, breaking several teeth and shattering his jaw.
Lockhart’s brother Marquise and Tevionne Taylor are both serving ten-year prison terms after pleading guilty to attempted robbery and armed criminal action.
Eagan, meanwhile, has undergone several surgeries. He is still a member of the Florissant Police and is about to complete his second year on the Florissant City Council.
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