GRANGEVILLE — Sean L. Anderson, of Riggins, convicted in April by an Idaho County jury of felony aggravated assault on a peace officer and the use of a deadly weapon in the fee of a crime, was sentenced Monday to 18 a long time in the state penitentiary.

Second District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice explained Anderson’s rationalization of the functions previous July 18 that led to a shootout with police officers around Ferdinand was “distorted,” and that despite Anderson’s continued denial, he meant to get rid of or at the very least damage the law enforcement officers who chased him following a unsuccessful website traffic quit.

“Your justifications of your actions … are shallow,” FitzMaurice reported, addressing Anderson at the conclusion of the two-hour hearing.

“Your steps in this situation are the types that escalated almost everything,” the decide claimed. “I are unable to comprehend the degree to which you responded.”

The 4 law enforcement officers involved attempted many periods to intervene and de-escalate the situation, but Anderson refused to end until finally he was cornered, and then resorted to gunfire. None of the officers was strike. Anderson was shot in the eye and has long lasting vision decline, listening to hurt and a mind personal injury, FitzMaurice said.

The incident commenced about 2:45 a.m. July 18 around Kamiah when Lewis County Deputy Walter Wilkinson noticed Anderson flashing his superior beam headlights and stopped him.

Anderson, 52, had been with his wife, Sandy, at a friend’s house in Orofino but was returning dwelling by itself. While it was never ever admitted as evidence during the trial, Anderson advised FitzMaurice on Monday that he had been consuming that evening and has a historical past of liquor abuse.

When Wilkinson asked to see Anderson’s driver’s license, Anderson refused and drove absent. Wilkinson and other officers adopted him to the Camas Prairie, trying several occasions to stop him, but ending up on a lifeless finish street exactly where Anderson pulled out a 12-gauge shotgun and fired. Officers fired back and Anderson was strike in the deal with, just as he was trying to reload his shotgun.

Anderson described that he refused to cooperate with Wilkinson due to the fact he thought the deputy wanted to arrest him. Two times previously, Anderson experienced been in Emmett at a rally structured by Ammon Bundy and mentioned that he had “drawn a line in the sand” and would never be taken again to jail.

Anderson and his spouse experienced been arrested with Bundy through the 2016 armed standoff at the Malheur Countrywide Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon. Felony prices in that scenario were being lessened to misdemeanor trespassing and Anderson apologized for his part in the standoff.

Anderson also described that his actions in the course of the website traffic cease had to do with his belief that the federal government was overreaching in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and that he feared law enforcement officers could arrest folks for remaining noncompliant with federal and condition overall health tips.

“A whole lot of the facts aren’t real,” Anderson explained of the Latah County prosecutors’ description of the gatherings. “I attempted to commit suicide by cop. I felt wronged I felt trapped. I needed to get it in excess of with.”

FitzMaurice also built a place of indicating that his judgment was not primarily based on Anderson’s political sights or ideology. In a victim assertion, Wilkinson described Anderson as getting unsafe “radical anti-government” sights. Anderson denied that and said he is not anti-government, anti-law enforcement or a white supremacist. Anderson said he is a Christian, although not a great a single.

“I observed my country upset because of COVID,” he said. “I was seriously frustrated and alcoholic. … The doorway was huge open up for Satan to get into my lifestyle.”

Anderson’s attorney, Mark Mosman, of Moscow, stated his shopper “is a good person,” and a lot of persons in Riggins have composed letters of praise and assist for him. They described Anderson as generous, hardworking and often eager to support a neighbor.

Sandy Anderson tearfully reported the development small business she and Anderson personal has been pressured simply because of his absence and she is suffering financially. She also testified that people today in Riggins are eager to assist him and have forgiven him.

Latah County Prosecutor William Thompson pointed out that, while Anderson has a report of superior behavior when he is incarcerated, his steps out of jail inform a distinct story.

FitzMaurice told Anderson he has 42 days to file an attraction of the sentence if he chooses.