Man who shot at Utica police officer sentenced to 40 years to life in prison

A man convicted of attempted murder after shooting at a Utica police officer seven times was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Monday.

Posted: Oct 25, 2021 1:14 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2021 3:28 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- A man convicted of attempted murder after shooting at a Utica police officer seven times was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Monday.

In August, a jury found 31-year-old Earl Roberts guilty of first-degree attempted murder and attempted aggravated assault on a police officer for shooting at Officer Peter Caruso while he was patrolling on Brayton Park Place in April of 2020.

In court Monday, Roberts said he suffers from PTSD after getting shot more than once. He said losing his mother, little brother and a daughter also contributed to his suicidal state of mind at the time of the incident.

The judge reiterated the prosecution’s sentiment about Roberts running from the scene after shooting at Caruso, calling it “cowardly.”

“Mr. Roberts your actions speak for themselves; cowardly is the right word for how you handled yourself there. I appreciate that you’ve suffered in your life, I’m sorry for the loss of your daughter...but trying to kill a man who did nothing to you, doesn’t undo any of that, it doesn’t bring your daughter back,” Judge Robert Bauer said during the sentencing hearing.

Roberts was also convicted of attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to 15 years on each of those charges to be served concurrently with his 40-year sentence.

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