TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - A man was convicted and sentenced on charges of attempted murder on a police officer stemming from a 2013 case in Trinity County.
Sean Karjala was convicted in a court trial on June 12 for crimes that occurred on April 27, 2013.
According to court documents, a California Highway Patrol officer attempted to stop Karjala from speeding on Highway 299. The officer smelled marijuana and alcohol and asked him to exit the vehicle to perform a sobriety test.
Karjala then exited the vehicle with a black-colored hatchet in his hand. Authorities said he ran around the rear of the vehicle and raised the hatchet over his head and ran toward the officer.
The officer told Karjala to stop, but he kept running toward the officer. The officer then fired a shot at Karjala and he dropped to the ground.
When the officer told him to stay on the ground, the officer said Karjala shouted "no!" and tried to run toward the officer. The officer kicked Karjala in the torso to stop him.
Karjala was sentenced on July 26 to a term of 30 years to life, plus a 6-year determinate term for the crime of attempted murder of a peace officer, with use of a deadly weapon. Karjala had previously been convicted of a serious felony and his sentence was increased because of that conviction.
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