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Jury convicts man shot by officers to 100 years in prison

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Posted at 12:46 PM, Jan 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-15 14:46:04-05

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) -- A man shot twice by a Greeley police officer faces up to 100 years in prison after he was convicted on charges that mostly stemmed from a confrontation with police.

The Greeley Tribune reports jurors convicted 28-year-old Joseph Perez on Friday of nine charges in addition to assaulting a police officer.

Sentencing is set for March 10.

Weld Deputy District Attorney Michael Pirraglia argued Perez wanted officers to kill him when he lunged at them with a knife.

Defense attorney Stephanie Stout argued physical evidence proves Perez had dropped the knife and was unarmed.

She said she may file an appeal after sentencing.

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