Jason Junior Evans will have years, maybe decades, to ponder what made him pull an assault rifle out of his car and begin firing at the police officers who had pulled him over on a warm night last summer.
Evans, 21, was sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms Thursday, with additional consecutive five-year gun enhancement terms. Another zero-to-five-year term for fleeing from police was added by 3rd District Judge Timothy Hanson, who ordered the three terms to be served consecutively to a one-to-15-year sentence imposed last week in a kidnapping case involving Evans' former girlfriend."I feel bad it happened," Evans said of the Aug. 15 incident in which he fired 20 rounds from a Chinese-made SKS assault rifle at West Valley detectives Robert Idle and Kory Newbold.
"But I saw from the trial no one cares what I think about what happened that night," Evans said.
Evans testified he didn't see the lights of the police car that pulled him over and was returning fire when he opened up with the assault rifle. Headlights blinded him, Evans testified, and he didn't know he was shooting at the police.
Hanson, in ordering the terms to be served consecutively, noted the jury discounted Evans' story.
Idle was hit three times, in the ear, left hand and left leg, by the bullets.
Idle asked for the maximum consecutive sentences.
"I think Jason Evans has shown us with crystal clarity that he has no place in civilized society," Idle said, pointing to Evans' criminal record of increasingly violent acts.
Idle said his injuries are permanent and will bar him from serving on the street.
"I'm a young person also," said Idle, 31. "But there will be no early release from my injuries. We've also been sentenced to life as a result of these injuries."
Hanson queried Idle about how permanent his injuries are, asking specifically to see his scarred and damaged left hand.
"I will very likely not be able to return to patrol status or be a patrol supervisor," Idle said, adding he'll be limited to office duties because he lacks the strength in one hand to handle suspects.
Hanson said Idle's lasting injuries and Evans' attitude - "You think you're being picked on" - make the consecutive sentences appropriate.
"The place for you to be, Mr. Evans, is out of civilized society, locked away. You're a young man, you've wasted your life. But it was your choice," Hanson told him.
Evans' mother, Lila Jane Adams, asked Hanson for mercy, saying her son "is not as bad as some people made him out. I know him in my heart."
After the sentencing, Adams was bitter. One life sentence would have been sufficient, she said.
"Idle was hurt. But Jason is young, he's not old, he does have remorse," Adams said. "We're victims, too. We have to live with this."
"Jason needs a chance," said Mike Adams, Evans' stepfather.