Marc Buchanan was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison in the 2009 shooting of Lexington police Officer Nicholas Whitcomb.
Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael followed a jury's recommendation in sentencing Buchanan, 28, for first-degree assault. Ishmael also sentenced Buchanan to one year for fleeing and evading police and one year for tampering with physical evidence.
The judge allowed the sentences for fleeing and tampering to be served concurrently with the assault sentence.
Ishmael said he thought long and hard about the sentence. He said his inclination was to run the sentences consecutively and told Buchanan he did not deserve to serve them concurrently. However, he decided to follow the jury's recommendation.
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Buchanan must serve 85 percent of the 15 years and will get 524 days of credit for time served.
Buchanan and his attorney, George Sornberger, said they would appeal the sentence.
Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson asked for a hearing date on another charge against Buchanan, being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge stems from the Whitcomb shooting.
Ishmael set a hearing date on that charge for April 11.
In December, a Fayette Circuit Court jury found Buchanan guilty of shooting a police officer. He was convicted of first-degree assault, tampering with evidence and fleeing and evading police.
Buchanan wounded Whitcomb on April 13, 2009. Responding to a 911 call, Whitcomb shined a flashlight in a car that Buchanan was in. Prosecutors said Buchanan shot the officer while running away. The bullet entered Whitcomb's right shoulder and traveled across his back into his left shoulder. During the trial, prosecutors told the jury that Whitcomb had bullet fragments in his body, nerve damage and limited range of motion in his shoulders.