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The officer then took out a tube of K-Y Jelly, a personal lubricant, and said: “You are going to need a lot of this.” - Yes. JUST so.
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12/02/2017, 17:27:46

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Judge sentences young Jacksonville man to life in prison for shooting officer


Eileen Kelley



A
young Jacksonville man who ambushed and shot a Jacksonville police
officer multiple times during a traffic stop in 2016 was sentenced to
life behind bars Wednesday.

Kevin Rojas was smug in court* when the
officer called Rojas a coward and said he would have a tough time in
prison. The officer then took out a tube of K-Y Jelly, a personal
lubricant, and said: “You are going to need a lot of this.”

[*But not for long.]

The
officer, whom the Times-Union is not naming because of his work as an
undercover officer, said “No comment” when questioned about the use of
his prop after the 30-minute hearing in Circuit Judge James Daniel’s
courtroom.

In March 2016, Rojas had fought with his girlfriend
when he grabbed a gun, fired it a few times and suggested the day may be
his last one, police said. He then took off in a car and began driving
erratically.

That’s when the undercover officer who was taking his
child to school decided to pull Rojas over on Collins Road near
Roosevelt Boulevard, police said. When the officer took his eyes off
Rojas momentarily, the 19-year-old began shooting through the windshield
of the officer’s car. Three bullets hit the officer, including in the
face. His son was not struck.

The officer fired back as Rojas ran
away. He then stole a truck and raced back to his neighborhood,
barricading himself inside his home after crashing the truck at a
neighbor’s house. Rojas was shot after police officers said they saw him
through the sliding-glass door pointing a gun at them. Rojas was shot
in the torso, leg and hand.

In court the officer, a former Army soldier, called Rojas a coward.

“I
will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent
bystander,” the officer said. “When I brought the fight back to you, you
ran like a coward.”

The officer said his life was changed
forever. Rojas, he told the judge, was a menace to everyone that day.
Rojas declined to speak on his behalf nor have any character witnesses
at his sentencing hearing. He was represented by Jason Gropper. The case
was prosecuted by Bernie de la Rionda.

Rojas was found guilty by a
jury in October on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted
manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement
officer, grand theft auto and fleeing.

Daniel sentenced him
Wednesday to the maximum prison sentence for each of the crimes: life
plus three 15-year sentences and two five-year sentences for the lesser
charges.

Daniel told Rojas he struggled with the implication of
what happened on that day nearly two years ago. He said he couldn’t
comprehend how Rojas could arrive at the decision to begin firing with
an intent to kill.

As Daniel sentenced the now 21-year-old to a
lifetime behind bars he said, “I’m pretty sure Mr. Rojas doesn’t
understand what the rest of his life means.”

Rojas’s family fled the courtroom in tears.

Eileen Kelley: (904) 359-4104










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