UPDATE: Man sentenced to 59 years to life for shooting at deputies

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UPDATE (5/5): Avalos was sentenced Wednesday to 59 years to life in prison, according to the court website.

UPDATE (3/30): Prosecutors said in a news release Tuesday that Avalos faces a possible sentence of more than 200 years to life in prison. The court found true Avalos had a prior serious felony conviction for residential burglary in 2015 in New Mexico, which can increase his sentence from the time he faces for the attempted murder convictions.

Avalos fired a total of 45 shots, some before law enforcement arrived and others aimed at officers, according to prosecutors. After his arrest, he threatened to shoot the deputies at the scene if he ever saw them again.

District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said of Avalos’s conviction, “Deputies and officers in the field are tasked with protecting public safety, even when doing so puts them in mortal danger. Officers and deputies who respond to violent threats to the community deserve not only our appreciation for their efforts to end violent situations, but also the protection that comes with a conviction and an appropriate sentence for those who attempt to murder them simply doing their jobs.”

Avalos is set to be sentenced April 28.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man was found guilty Friday of multiple counts of attempted murder for shooting at deputies who were investigating a report of a shooting in Rosamond.

Benjamin Avalos, 38, was convicted on four counts of attempted murder, among other charges, for the firing several rounds at deputies who had identified themselves. No one was injured.

Sheriff’s officials said the shooting happened after deputies and California Highway Patrol officers were dispatched June 22 to a report of shots fired at a residence on Leopard Court. Deputies and officers arrived and heard gunshots coming from the residence.

They approached and saw Avalos in the driveway and the shooting took place.

Deputies took cover and ordered Avalos to drop the weapon, and he eventually put it down. He continued, however, to be “verbally aggressive” with deputies, who arrested him after a struggle, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies found a loaded handgun and ammunition in the driveway as well as multiple spent shell casings both inside and outside the residence. Three handguns and two rifles were taken from the residence.

A court trial on Avalos’s prior conviction is scheduled Monday.

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