DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- A judge goes against attorney recommendations, Sentencing an Illinois man to 50 years in prison for armed robbery and the attempted murder of a Dubuque police officer.
Eddie Chest shot police Lieutenant Scott Baxter after robbing Knickers Saloon with his son Eddie Adams in December 2009. Friday, the prosecution and the defense recommended that Judge Monica Ackley sentence Chest to 25 years, served concurrently, meaning at the same time.
However, after careful consideration, Ackley chose the maximum sentence. And it's something she says is appropriate for the crime.
Eddie chest entered a Dubuque courtroom Friday morning, as the police officer he shot, Lt. Scott Baxter sat in the gallery.
"This is a very hard day to stand before the court. This is a crime that impacts a lot of people in the community. The defendant came to Dubuque solely to commit a crime, solely to commit a robbery," said prosecuting attorney Chris Corken.
Judge Ackley listening to each sides' recommendation. The prosecution sticking to it's original proposal of a concurrent sentence, citing Chest's cooperation with the court and his old age.
"He has taken full responsibly for his actions. He did not want the state to prove his case, he did not want to put any witnesses on the stand to relive that day," said the defense.
The defense also recommended concurrent sentences, citing Eddie Chest's cooperation, old age, lack of education and that evidence showed the robbery was not his idea, but his sons.
When asked if Chest had anything to say before his sentencing. He turned towards Lt. Baxter and offered an emotional apology.
"I never intended to hurt you. I am sorry," Chest said.
But it wasn't enough for Judge Ackley.
"That's as bold of any criminal conduct I have ever witnessed in my 18 years of practicing law. I remember the day, I remember when it came across the whole entire city. There was a crime committed in broad daylight and Officer Baxter was shot," Ackley said.
She said chest put a lot of lives in danger that day. And based on his background and criminal history. She didn't trust he wouldn't do it again.
"We'd like to think that this is a safe community. We live here with our families. We all respect the officers the try to protect that. They put their lives on the line everyday to make sure that this is a safe community," Ackley said.
When leaving the courtroom, Chest's attorneys called this sentence chilling to the court system and said Chest has no reason to cooperate with the court. Remember they wanted him to testify against his son, who is still awaiting trial, and requested a new attorney.
47-year-old Eddie Adams told a judge he thought his attorney was withholding evidence. Trial set for next month.
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