“When I saw pictures of my injuries, I don’t know how I survived,” Melto said.
The attack has left the officer and his family — a wife and four children — dealing with physical, emotional and financial hardships, he said.
“If a man like Roy Limbaugh can attack an armed police officer, just imagine what he could or would do to an unarmed person on the street,” said Melto, who urged the judge to impose the maximum sentence available.
On the attempted murder charge, Limbaugh will serve 19 to 20 years in prison, the maximum penalty on that charge. He received concurrent terms for the charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest, as well as two charges stemming from his driving without a license or registration.
That sentence will be followed by a five- to six-year prison term for his failure to register as a sex offender.
Limbaugh received credit for the time he’s spent in custody awaiting trial, but will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 24 years.
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