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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The man convicted in the ambush shooting of a Philadelphia police officer will spend the next decades of his life behind bars.
Edward Archer, 33, was sentenced to 48.5 to 97 years in prison on Monday. In February, Archer was found guilty of firing a barrage of bullets into Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett’s squad car in January 2016 at the intersection of 60th and Spruce in West Philadelphia.
“I’m absolutely glad that it turned out the way it turned out. I obviously would want the maximum penalty and he did receive maximum penalty and I wish he had more,” said Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Harnett.
At the time, Archer declared the attack to be in the name of ISIS.
“There’s a history of schizophrenia that runs in his family and I think that this case is an example of what can happen when a mentally ill person gets their hands on a gun,” said attorney Trevan Borum.
Even Archer’s own attorney declared the max penalty a valid one.
“I don’t think it’s surprising given the horrific nature of this crime. I think we are all grateful that Officer Hartnett survived. I think if the evidence showed anything it’s that Officer Hartnett is probably the bravest man alive,” Borum said.
Harnett managed to fire back at Archer. Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the greatest aid, in this case, was the fact the entire ordeal was caught on surveillance video.
Hartnett was shot several times in the arm and suffered nerve damage.