A Delaware County man who led Missouri Highway Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase near Fort Leonard Wood while firing an AK-47 assault rifle at them was sentenced to 30 years in prison, court records show.
Cody Willcoxson, 32, of Grove, was sentenced to two 30-year terms Monday for the May 12, 2011, incident. He pleaded guilty in April to two counts of assault and attempted assault on a law enforcement officers. The sentences will run concurrently, according to Pulaski County court records.
Willcoxson was trying to get the police to shoot and kill him, his brother Dusty Willcoxson, of Grove, said at the time of the arrest.
Police said Cody Willcoxson used a fake ID to try to get on the military post. After running his car through a security gate, he led military and civilian police on a 120-mph, 40-mile pursuit through Rolla, Mo., and along Interstate 44 while unloading more than 90 rounds of gunfire through the car's window.
During Monday's hearing in Waynesville, Mo., Willcoxson apologized for his actions and testified to using methamphetamine while he was off work after surgery, according to the Waynesville Daily Guide newspaper. Willcoxson testified the chase started when he was asked for his driver's license, which was suspended, the newspaper reported.
Willcoxson, a three-time escapee from the Delaware County jail, served 31/2 years in prison on burglary and escape convictions. In 2000, he and eight other inmates attacked a jailer and escaped from the Delaware County jail. He was arrested in Texas three years later.
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