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Framingham man gets life in prison for 2009 shooting of police officer

A Framingham man was sentenced today to life in prison for shooting a police officer who was chasing him after the armed robbery of a taxi driver.

Sahr Josiah, 24, was found guilty earlier this month of charges including armed robbery, armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm as an armed career criminal, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Diane Kottmyer handed down the maximum punishment on all counts.

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In April 2009, Josiah was being chased following the armed robbery of a taxi driver in Framingham. As police chased him, Josiah opened fire and shot Framingham Police Officer Phillip Hurton, Middlesex prosecutors said. Hurton was shot in the wrist and face.

“Today’s sentencing ensures that this defendant is held accountable for his series of brazen and violent crimes, which resulted in a Framingham Police Officer sustaining serious injuries,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a statement. “This defendant’s outright disregard for the public’s safety and the lives of the responding officers is truly disturbing, and we commend the court for the just sentence today which will keep this defendant off of our streets and in prison for a significant period of time.”

Two other men, Kenneth Lacey, 23, of Mattapan, and Emanuel Aguilar, 21, of Framingham, were charged in connection with the armed robbery. Lacey pleaded guilty to charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm in August 2010 and was sentenced to two and a half to three years in state prison followed by one year probation, Leone’s office said. Aguilar is due back in court on March 9.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.
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