ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Jurors on Monday convicted a Washington state man of attempted aggravated murder and related counts stemming from a February 2012 encounter with police at an Astoria motel and his subsequent time in a county jail.
The Clatsop County jury convicted Yevgeniy Savinskiy, 38, of Washougal, Wash., on two counts of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of first-degree attempted assault as well as felony attempt to elude and five counts of reckless endangerment, The Daily Astorian reported ( http://is.gd/crURbP).
Police went to the Lamplighter Motel to investigate a report of weaponry in the man's room.
Officer Joe Symonds testified at trial that he fired 15 to 20 rounds after Savinskiy aimed a firearm at him. The newspaper said authorities initially believed Savinskiy fired at the officer, but forensic evidence showed he didn't.
Savinskiy testified last week that he left his room with an AR-15 in hand intending to show it wasn't loaded. He said he didn't know the armed, black-clad people in the motel parking lot were police.
After he was wounded by police, Savinskiy drove off in a rental van down U.S. 101 at speeds as high as 110 mph before he was stopped, District Attorney Josh Marquis said earlier.
Jurors also convicted Savinskiy on several related charges, including two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Prosecutors say he tried to hire a county jail inmate last summer to kill Symonds and Savinskiy's ex-wife Olga, and to severely injure Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown.
Each of the attempted aggravated murder charges carries a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence, Marquis said. It will be up to Judge Phil Nelson to decide whether Savinskiy's sentences will be consecutive or concurrent.
Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com
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