Looking smug and smiling, Kevin Rojas, 21, was at his sentencing after a jury convicted him on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, grand theft auto, and fleeing.
Regarding the shooting in Jacksonville, Florida in 2016, the officer told the court: ‘I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander. When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward. Obviously, that day changed my life, and it will never be the same.’
During the hearing the officer then pulled out a tube of K-Y Jelly, a personal lubricant, and said: ‘You are going to need a lot of this.’
While the undercover officer was taking his son to school in March 2016, noticed Rojas driving erratically.
He pulled the then 19-year-old over and when Rojas got out of the car, he immediately opened fire.
Bullets struck the officer in the face, stomach, and hand, but luckily, his son was not hit.
‘It only took for me to look away for one second, and he was already on top of me trying to kill me,’ the officer said.
Rojas declined to speak in court and no character witnesses were present at his sentencing hearing, and his family fled the courtroom in tears.
Rojas stole a nearby truck to escape while the officer returned fire. Rojas then barricaded himself in his home after crashing the vehicle.
Police officers shot him through a glass door in his home in the torso, leg, and hand after he wouldn’t drop his gun. Investigators learned he had been in an argument with his live-in girlfriend and threatened to harm himself.
Rojas will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
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