Tyler man gets life for shoot­ing at deputy

The Dallas Morning News - - Texas Briefs -

TYLER — An East Texas man con­victed of shoot­ing at a sher­iff ’s deputy and then flee­ing to Arkansas has been sen­tenced to life in prison.

Jurors in Smith County who con­victed 33-year-old Ri­cardo Pineda of ag­gra­vated as­sault against a peace of­fi­cer also de­cided Fri­day the Tyler man should be fined $10,000.

Pineda was the tar­get of a fed­eral and county drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion when he fired a dozen ri­fle shots at a Smith County deputy dur­ing a March 2016 car chase.

The deputy’s car was dis­abled. Pineda later was ar­rested in Corn­ing, Ark., about 400 miles to the north­east.

Pineda had a fed­eral con­vic­tion in 2000 for pos­ses­sion and distri­bu­tion of metham­phetamine.

Pros­e­cu­tors told jurors to send a mes­sage that shoot­ing at law en­force­ment of­fi­cers is not ac­cept­able.

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