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Man Paralyzed in Oroville Traffic Stop Sentenced to Prison

OROVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a man paralyzed by an officer’s bullet during a traffic stop in Northern California has been sentenced to spend 13 years in state prison.

The Chico Enterprise-Record reported Friday that Jeremy Hunter was paralyzed from the shoulders down during the 2015 traffic stop near Oroville.

Authorities say he reached for a revolver in his waistband, drawing fire from an officer. A bullet from his gun was found lodged in his car door.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says 39-year-old Hunter had a long history of dangerous behavior.

Hunter pleaded guilty to felony resisting and using a weapon.

Defense attorney Therese Cannata tells The Associated Press on Saturday Hunter also suffers from infections and could die in prison.

Cannata says a shorter sentence or probation would have been more just.