Sergio Rojo-Valenzuela, who was convicted of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a Tucson police officer, was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison.

Rojo-Valenzuela, 20, of Tucson, was found guilty in January. He was arrested in August after police were called about a group of men pointing guns at people at a car wash near West Irvington Road and South Liberty Avenue. When officers arrived the men drove away. Police followed the vehicle to a stop sign where three, including Rojo-Valenzuela, fled on foot. Rojo-Valenzuela took several shots at one officer, hitting his patrol car. The officer was not struck.

At the sentencing, Rojo-Valenzuela's attorney asked Pima County Superior Court Judge Scott Rash to consider his client's low IQ, brain damage he sustained, lack of a violent history and strong family support.

"Mr. Rojo-Valenzuela, you came inches away from spending the rest of your life in prison, do you realize that?" Rash said.

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