LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada judge declared a 43-year-old convicted man unfit for freedom as she sentenced him to life in prison without parole in an apartment building shootout that left three police officers injured, including one who was struck by police gunfire.
"I have the responsibility to make sure that a person such as
Mr. Dixon does not put anyone else at risk," Clark County District
Court Judge Jackie Glass said during sentencing for Terry Dixon.
"The future, if I look into my crystal ball, tells me that it
wouldn't be long before someone died," the judge said.
Dixon appeared in court Tuesday under tight security, wearing shackles and protective guards on his hands. He did not comment
during the proceedings.
Police say Dixon tried unsuccessfully to escape from the Clark
County jail on Monday by breaking a jail window and using bed
sheets to lower himself to the street. He faces additional felony
harges of attempted escape and damage to jail property.
A jury convicted Dixon on Jan. 30 of 12 charges in the October
2007 shooting, including four counts of attempted murder.
Authorities later said Dixon was responsible for wounding two of
the three injured officers. None of the injuries was
One officer was wounded in the wrist, another was struck in his
protective vest, and a bullet hit the third in his equipment belt.
Dixon's lawyer, Nadine Morton, lost a bid to convince Glass to
grant Dixon a chance at parole. She said Dixon was suicidal and
under the influence of drugs at the time of the shootings.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com