November 21, 2014
A seven-time Korean national martial arts champion has drawn the maximum sentence for shooting a Reno police officer after a March 2003 traffic stop.
Washoe District Judge James Hardesty on Friday sentenced Koo Kwang Jung to up to 40 years in prison and ordered him to pay officer Tim Avilla $18,912 in restitution.
Jung, 38, a former police officer who had no criminal history, must serve 16 years before he's eligible for parole.
Jung shot Avilla twice in the left arm and once in the right arm after a routine traffic stop. He also held the gun to the officer's head at one point.
Avilla still does not have full use of his left arm and is facing an uncertain prognosis.
Jung's lawyer, Bruce Lindsay, said the shooting was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence that could not be explained.
When his wife left him weeks before the shooting, Jung became depressed, Lindsay said. When the officer stopped him, Jung snapped, Lindsay added.