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Covington Cop Shooter Guilty in Second Trial

UPDATE: Judge Summe sentenced Wilson to 70 years in prison. He will have to serve 20 years before being eligible for parole.


The man convicted of firing bullets that struck two Covington Police Officers in September, 2012 has been convicted in a second trial on another charge.

Pharo Wilson, 28, was convicted Wednesday of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. A Kenton County jury recommended the maximum ten year sentence, according to Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders.

Wilson was previously convicted in January on three counts of attempted murder and second degree persistent felony offender for shooting at three police officers during a call to City Heights. Wilson fled the scene and was later arrested in Cincinnati. 

The trials were held separately because Kentucky law only alows for juries to know that a defendant has a felony record in handgun and firearm trials, Sanders said.

One of the officers struck by Wilson's shots was Mark Richardson, who in March was named the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police's Officer of the Year.

Final sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, at 8 a.m. when Judge Patricia Summe will decide if the jury sentences will run concurrently or consecutively. 

Photo: Pharo Wilson/Kenton Co. Detention Center