Judge Gets Earful from Cop Who Was Shot Five Times in Stick-up
Wayne County Judge Ulysses Boykine received an unexpected lecture in court Tuesday after he sentenced a 25-year-old man to prison.
Detroit Police Officer Arthur Matthews, who was shot five times in the robbery, told Boykin the sentence was "insulting" and "lenient."
Matthews, 40, a highly decorated cop, was shot May 6, 2011, while off-duty during a robbery attempt at a Marathon gas station on Michigan Avenue and 11th Street.
Christopher Proctor pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, which each carry up to a life sentence. But Boykin sentenced Proctor to 14-25 years in prison.
Matthews was named last week by the Detroit Police Officers Association as one of several Officers of the Year.
Detroit News reporter George Hunter quoted Matthews as saying, "There's a sea of emotions I've had since this happened. "The sentence) "has been whittled down to 14 years. I find that very insulting. That's kid gloves, not attempted murder."
Boykin, wo refused to discuss the case after the sentencing, said during court he made his decision after receiving "numerous letters from Mr. Proctor's family."