Man Gets 70 Years For Shooting East St. Louis Cop

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A 70-year prison sentence has been handed a southern Illinois man convicted of shooting East St. Louis Police Officer Michael Baxton Jr.

Cortez Gillum was convicted in March of two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawfully possessing a weapon as a felon.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports ( Associate Judge Randy Kelly on Friday sentenced the 38-year-old Gillum to 30 years in prison on the attempted murder charge, adding a 40-year enhancement because the found he personally caused great bodily harm by discharging the firearm.

Prosecutors say Gillum was wanted on a federal warrant in March 2012 for a parole violation.

When Baxton spotted Gillum outside an East St. Louis public housing complex and tried to arrest him. Gillum shot Baxton during a struggle.

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