Man sentenced in shooting of Oklahoma City police officer
Hector Escalante gets life sentence in shooting of Oklahoma City police officer Katie Lawson and his brother received three years for his role in the ambush.
Prosecutors accused the three family members of plotting to kill Lawson on Aug. 29, 2010, in an attempt to free the boys'
Lawson had just finished assisting the deputy when she was ambushed near NW 38 and Miller by Hector Escalante, who fired 20 rounds into Lawson's patrol car. She was shot in the face, legs and body, but pulled her own weapon and returned fire, scaring him away.
“When you took fire from Officer Lawson, you turned tail and ran like the coward you are,” Deason told Hector Escalante.
Lawson, who was shot six times, returned to work in March. She called Hector Escalante's actions “unnecessary and senseless.”
“I thank God every day that (Escalante's) evil act did not take me from this world or my family,” Lawson told the court. “The Lord says to forgive, and one day I will find it in my heart to forgive.”
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said Hector Escalante's punishment fit the crime.
“He's a danger to society, and this is exactly where he needs to be,” he said.
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