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Prosecutor to appeal cop shooter sentence

Vincent Phillips (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Vincent Phillips (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OH (FOX19) - Officials with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday they filed a notice to appeal the recent sentencing of a gunman convicted of shooting twice at a police officer, narrowly missing him.

North College Hill police and Hamilton County prosecutors were upset last month when Common Pleas Court Judge Patrick Foley sentenced Vincent Phillips, 19, III to 12 years in prison, with a year credit toward time already served. That's less than the minimum.

Phillips was convicted on five felonies including attempted murder on a police officer. The maximum sentence was 28 years. County prosecutors asked for at least 20.

One of the shots he fired at Officer Shaun Miller on May 20, 2014, narrowly missed the married father of three children.

The sentencing particularly appalled North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust. Prosecutors presented a strong case that only took the jury a short time - just an hour and 20 minutes including their lunch break - to return a verdict, he noted.

"This was pretty much an open and shut case. I think the judge's decision wasn't representative of the community and was a travesty and was a slap in the face to law enforcement," the chief told FOX19 NOW last month.

Phillips has no prior adult record but does have juvenile convictions of two counts each of theft and disorderly conduct.

He was drunk when he opened fire his .40-semi automatic handgun at Officer Shaun Miller. At the time, the officer was chasing him and standing just 8 to 12 feet away. Phillips, who had the stolen gun in his pants, fled from police when they tried to break up an illegal dice game about 10:45 p.m. at Sterling and Betts avenue.

After the shots were fired, a manhunt ensued with dozens of officers responding from nearby police agencies. Miller took Phillips into custody a short time later without further incident.

"At no time did this individual ever show any remorse," the chief said. "He did not show any remorse the night of the shooting. He told police "I wish I had killed that b---- a-- cop."

Phillips also testified during his trial he "doesn't like police officers," Foust said.

Miller, a 10-year law enforcement veteran, remains on third shift, serving and protecting North College Hill residents.

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