A repeat felon who broke a Colorado Springs police officer's nose with a sucker punch was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.
Rickie Lee Darrington III attacked the officer, a woman who has since retired, as she patted him down last April during an arrest at the Specialty Sports and Supply Store, 4285 E. Fountain Blvd. Police say Darrington punched her several times before another officer used a stun gun to end the attack.
Darrington, 43, had faced 10 to 32 years in prison under a December plea agreement. His sentence was imposed by 4th Judicial District Judge Deborah Grohs.
Police were called to the gun store after Darrington threatened employees, authorities said.
A person who saw the attack told Gazette news partner KKTV that Darrington delivered as many as 10 strikes on the officer in quick succession.
"The way he sucker punched her, I mean it was like he was trying to do more than hurt her," the person was quoted as saying.
Darrington has a long criminal history, including two separate convictions for possession of weapons by a previous offender and criminal impersonation.