LOS ANGELES - A drug dealer who allegedly used his car to strike a police officer during an undercover sting was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday.Joe Gubencio Ortiz, 26, was sentenced after pleading guilty last month to one count of attempted murder and one count of selling heroin. The charges stem from an incident in November 2007 in which Ortiz allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers with the LAPD. As Ortiz pulled in to his driveway, officers moved in to make an arrest. Ortiz then "backed out at a high rate of speed, nearly striking one of the officers." Ortiz struck a second officer in the street, breaking both his legs.
********** Published: October 28, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 28