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Texas man gets prison term for shooting 2 on I-10 in Arizona

Posted at 1:48 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 16:48:51-04

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - A Texas man who apologized to the victims has been sentenced by an Arizona judge to 7½ in prison for a shooting on Interstate 10.

A judge on Friday sentenced 37-year-old Clearchus McCreight of El Paso on aggravated assault convictions in the May 2018 incident in which two people were injured when McCreight shot a gun at their vehicle.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that McCreight said in court he was sorry for hurting the victims.

He previously told authorities he was protecting himself because he thought a person in the other vehicle pointed a gun, but they said in court they didn't do anything to threaten McCreight.

Defense attorney Ulises Ferragut said McCreight is a military combat veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder that helps explain his actions.