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Murray sentenced in armed robbery which led to officer shooting

Roger Sharp, left, David Murray and Jason Beau Keep. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Roger Sharp, left, David Murray and Jason Beau Keep. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A man has been sentenced in an armed robbery and the shooting of a Phoenix police officer and Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse member in December 2013.

David Lee Murray was sentenced to seven years in prison and five years of supervised probation for two counts of armed robbery.

Last month, a judge sentenced the shooter, 27-year-old Roger Allen Sharp, to 66 1/2 years in prison.

Sharp had previously pleaded guilty to 13 counts including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, unlawful flight and resisting arrest.

Before the judge handed down his sentence Sharp listened as his victims described the horror they were forced to endure. The Maricopa county courtroom sat in silence as this 17-year Phoenix police veteran described the day Roger Sharp tried to murder him.

"I can still remember the echoing sound of the gun. I remember the feeling of it tearing into my abdomen. The last thing I remembered is seeing his face as he turned to flee from me. He had the look of a coward trying to think of his next move. Not the look of remorse,” said Phoenix Police Officer Scott Sefranka.

Over the past year and a half officer Sefranka has had to relearn things most people take for granted like how to eat, to speak and to walk.

Sefranka's days are filled with pain from his injuries but says his emotional scares cut deeper.

"To this day I can still feel the slick texture of my blood from my wound turning sticky in my hand. I can still see the look of worry on others faces as I wheeled into the emergency room. As I was fighting to stay away fighting to stay alive,” said officer Sefranka.

Officer Sefranka told the judge Sharp had no one else to blame for being in this situation but himself.

He called him lazy and said the previously convicted felon would rather victimize the community instead of get a real job.

"I highly doubt he regrets what he did that day. And given the opportunity he would do it again,” said officer Sefranka.

Sefranka is back at work at Phoenix police department but will likely never get back in a patrol officer because of his injuries.

Jason Beau Keep was also involved in the crime and Keep was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Sharp and Murray led police on a chase after two employees of a Phoenix gentleman's club were robbed at gunpoint in a parking lot of an IHOP restaurant Dec. 31, 2013.

The suspects' getaway vehicle eventually collided with a truck driven by posse member Phillip Grigg.

Grigg got out of his vehicle to help Sefranka subdue the suspects.

During the struggle, Sharp took the officer's gun and shot Sefranka and Griff, according to police.

Phoenix police conducted an intense search before finding Sharp and Murray in a neighborhood southeast of 56th Street and Thomas Road in Scottsdale.

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