A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 62 years in prison following a 2013 shooting that left Phoenix police officer Peter “Chris” Bennett wounded.
The man, Brandon McCabe, had previously served over 6 years in prison for vehicle theft, and was on probation for burglary when he was approached by Officer Bennett on the night of January 6, 2013. McCabe ignored Officer Bennett’s commands and the two exchanged gunfire. Bennett suffered from gunshot wounds to his face, arm, and hip.
McCabe was found hiding in a shed with gunshot wounds to his hands, and was arrested. He was convicted in August of this year of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, misconduct involving weapons, criminal trespassing, and resisting arrest. It is unclear how McCabe, a felon, had been in possession of a gun.
On Thursday, Phoenix police Chief Daniel Garcia and vice president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association Ken Crane asked Judge Karen Mullins to impose the maximum sentence on McCabe. Despite apologizing to Bennett in court, at his hearing in August he laughed with other defendants as he pointed out the officer he had shot.
Bennett, who returned to the force as an investigator but plans to be back on the streets, believes that the sentence is fair. He consoled McCabe’s mother after the sentencing, who had also testified and apologized to Bennett for her son’s bad choices.
The Phoenix criminal defense attorneys commend Officer Bennett for his bravery in the field, and are happy to hear of his full recovery.