Man rejects plea deal, gets sentence of 184 years

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Spokane man who rejected a plea deal that would have allowed him to serve 10 to 12 years in prison has instead been sentenced to 18412 years.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt sentenced 27-year-old Gregory Sharkey Jr. last month for 10 counts of first-degree assault stemming from a crime spree in 2009 in which shots were fired at a police officer and at a group of people outside a home.

State law requires that sentences for violent felonies be served consecutively. The first count of first-degree assault carried a range of 24 to 29 years. The remaining nine counts each brought 17 to 20 years.

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla said Sharkey was offered a much lower plea deal, but chose to have a bench trial instead.

Sharkey has appealed his convictions.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com