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Portsmouth man gets life for attack on police officer

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 7:36am  ET

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Portsmouth man has been sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison for an attack that left a Suffolk police officer unconscious.

Media outlets report 43-year-old Joe Louis Staton was sentenced Monday in Suffolk Circuit Court for aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding of a police officer and attempting to disarm a police officer.

Court records show Officer James Winslow had pulled over Staton's SUV last May. Staton fled on foot and Winslow ran after him.

Winslow testified he remembers Staton beating him until he lost consciousness. Officers found Winslow bleeding from severe wounds to the head and face. He underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.


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