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Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of federal officer

A 23-year-old man recently pleaded guilty in a federal case concerning a standoff between him and police that happened in Cambridge, Maryland, during February 2012. He was originally charged in Dorchester County Circuit Court, and his criminal charges including reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, first- and second-degree assault, and first- and second-degree attempted murder. Before he could face these charges, though, his case was moved to federal court. There he would eventually plead guilty to using a gun during an attempted murder and attempted murder of a federal officer, which occurred recently.

During the standoff that lasted two-and-a-half hours on Feb. 29, 2012, the 23-year-old supposedly opened fire after eight task force officers with the U.S. Marshals arrived at his home. According to authorities, the group was there to serve the 23-year-old with several arrest warrants. When they entered the home, police said the man began firing. One shot hit a deputy with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, and he reportedly sought cover in a bedroom before he left the home through a second-story window. Authorities said that the man shot 30 to 45 times at officers during the remainder of the standoff. After he surrendered, investigators recovered three firearms, a magazine, live ammo and spent shells. Reports indicated that bullet holes were apparent in all of the rooms within the home.

The plea agreement the man has reached with the federal government indicates that he will be sentenced to prison for 24 to 30 years. This lengthy sentence should come as no surprise, considering the gravity of the accusations that the defendant was facing. It is possible that the man's previous convictions - which include second-degree assault and possession of a firearm while under 21 - will play into the length of his sentence.

Source:  My Eastern Shore MD, "Dobson pleads guilty to attempted murder of federal officer" Dustin Holt, Aug. 27, 2013

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