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21 years for man who shot Butler Co. Deputy

Published On: Feb 06 2014 10:09:03 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 06 2014 05:34:38 PM CST
BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. -

The man who was convicted of shooting a Butler County Deputy has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison.

Jan Tracy Kilbourne was sentenced Thursday morning in Butler County Court.  

Deputy Jacob Lawrence was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot.  He told the judge that vest is the only reason he was alive.  

"I think I just received that vest a few weeks before the incident," Butler County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Lawrence said after the sentencing. "So the vest definitely did it's job by protecting me and in the long run probably saving my life."

Kilbourne was also shot after Deputy Lawrence returned fire.

In court, Deputy Lawrence said he was not even going to write Kilbourne a ticket, and we was just trying to help people who were in a vehicle that was disabled.

He asked the judge to put Kilbourne in prison so he can't do anything like this again.

The defense told the judge that a law enforcement officer's life is not more important than the average citizen and asked the judge not to consider it.

"His intent was not to strike the deputy at all," said Kilbourne's Attorney James Watt. "His intent was to scare the deputy off, back him off of the car, in essence so that he would have the opportunity to escape."

Kilbourne also spoke in court. He apologized to the court, but said he didn't have much more to add.

The judge said Kilbourne fired his gun at Lawrence with no regard for his life.  He then sentenced Kilbourne to 263 months in prison on all counts. 

Kilbourne has 2 weeks to appeal the sentence. With time served and good time, he could be released from prison before his 60th birthday.

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