Aug 22, 2015 10:37 AM
Man who shot Manchester cop asks to have his sentence reduced
CONCORD — A man who shot and almost killed Manchester police officer Daniel Doherty in 2012 is arguing his prison sentence of 50 years to life is "an injustice," according to the Union Leader.
Myles Webster, 25, fired 14 bullets at Doherty, hitting him with seven and leaving him near death. On Friday, a lawyer representing Webster asked a three-judge panel to reduce his sentence to 25 years to life.
Doherty, who has recovered and returned to duty, told the sentence review panel: “He wanted to murder me.”
Experts at trial testified that if not for Doherty’s weapon deflecting a bullet, Doherty would have been struck in the head.
Webster was sentenced to an additional 10 years for firing a gun on Granite Street during rush hour, sending four bullets through a building wall and past the head of a man watching television, terrorizing a woman with a gun while demanding her car keys, and resisting arrest.
Webster's lawyer Jonathan Cohen said the shooting of Doherty wasn’t planned — that Webster “only, when about to be caught, used violence.”
New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin objected to that characterization.
Strelzin noted there was no challenge at trial to Webster’s statement to a companion, before he encountered Doherty, that “he would rather kill a cop than go back to prison.”
The review panel, consisting of Superior Court Judges Richard McNamara, Larry Smukler and Amy Ignatius, is expected to issue a ruling next week.