Last year, Miami-Dade Police Office, Jonathan Lang was arrested from firing shots at a Corrections Officer’s, Georgina Illa, vehicle. The incident left a bullet hole in the car and happened after Illa cut him off when they were on Florida’s Turnpike in July 2014.
In addition to the shooting, both Land and his wife tried to erase messages from their phones after the shooting therefore tampering with evidence, but police were able to recover some of messages. In October, Lang plead guilty to the charges of “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle within 1,00 feet of a person and tampering with evidence.”
Prosecutors wanted Lang to have a sentence of five years in prison. However, he was sentenced to probation for 10 years and he must also receive substance abuse and mental counseling. Lang will also have to relinquish his certificate for law enforcement and firearms. Furthermore, he must complete 500 hours of community service.
Court documents showed that both text messages and calls were made to another Miami-Dade Police Office, a sergeant, from both Lang and his spouse, expressing their need for help after the incident took place, as he was fearful of losing his job.
Illa recalled “the hatred in his face,” regarding Lang. His reasoning for the act was because he had “personal demons” and he was coping by using alcohol for his feelings of pain. He also apologized to Illa in court.
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