Woman gets 16yr prison term for assault on officer www.privateofficer.com
Woman sentenced to 16 years for assault on officer http://www.privateofficer.com
By: Rick McCann
Ntl. Assoc. Private Officers
In the early hours of January 14, 2008 Athens-Clarke Senior Police officer Charlie Snyder was working an off-duty job as a security officer, dressed in his full police uniform at the Kroger store in West Athens. The same store, where another Athens-Clarke police officer had been stabbed repeatedly and almost died in the middle of the grocery store a month before.
Police say that at around 7PM officer Snyder was notified that a female shopper by the name of Rena Davis was in the store and was wanted on felony charges.
As the officer radioed dispatch for confirmation and approached Davis she bolted and Snyder got into a short foot chase and caught her and she fought with him and continued to resist the officer even after being pepper sprayed. during the fight, officer Snyder released a mechanism that dropped his pistol’s magazine and put him in even greater danger without having his handgun available.
A Clarke County Superior Court judge Thursday sentenced Davis to 16 years in prison after a weeklong trial. A jury on Monday found the 20-year-old Davis guilty of aggravated assault, battery and misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer for fighting with Officer Snyder when the officer tried to detain her for outstanding arrest warrants.
Judge Steve Jones also sentenced Davis to four years of probation.
As for the officer who had been stabbed in December, Sgt. Courtney Gale, she is on a road to recovery and in time hopes to return to duty.
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