HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A judge sentenced Samuel Ward to life in prison for attempted murder Monday, as well as 20 years for assault.
Ward was convicted last month of shooting at two Huntsville police officers and trying to kill them in December 2011.
Ward spoke, and while it was difficult to understand him, he offered an apology to the court and both officers.
“It happened so fast,” Ward said. “I don’t think I was in my right state of mind. I didn’t realize it until I saw the tape.”
Prosecutors say surveillance video showed Ward firing a handgun at officers. Ward’s family said evidence used during the trial was not complete, and claim officers hurt Ward. Prosecutors say nothing was hidden in the case.
The defense said Ward was in a public area minding his own business. Prosecutors countered, saying Ward was minding his own business “with a stolen gun.”
Ward’s family member, Eunice Ward, also made a statement.
Ward is currently serving 20 years for an incident in 2010 when he attacked a Huntsville police officer.
For Monday’s sentence of attempted murder and 20 years for assault, Madison County Circuit Judge Jim Smith ordered those to run concurrently. Ward will also receive credit for time served.
He was found guilty of carrying a handgun in a vehicle without a license, receiving stolen property, obstruction of government operations, and attempted assault first degree.
Several people leaving the courtroom and standing in the hallway could see and hear Ward laughing as he left the courtroom and entered the elevator with guards.