BALTIMORE, Md. - Twenty-three-year-old Tayvon Dobson of Cambridge will spend 28 years in prison with no chance of parole. The sentence was handed down Thursday after he pleaded guilty in August to attempted murder of a federal officer and using a gun during attempted murder.
"It happened February 29, 2012. I'll never forget it," Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said.
Dobson was arrested on that day after he shot Wicomico County Deputy Thomas Funk during a shootout with police officers and U.S. marshals. The four-hour standoff began when the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task force went to a home on Hubbard Street to arrest Dobson on multiple warrants.
"He not only shot Deputy Funk, he attempted to assassinate Deputy Funk and he shot at several other task force officers and U.S. marshals," Sheriff Lewis said.
Police say the rooms inside the home were riddled with bullet holes.
Last year WMDT spoke with Dobson's mother who said she was saddened by the incident.
"The only encouraging words I would tell my son is be strong and look on the inside of his heart and find God," she said.
Something he'll have nearly three decades to think about behind bars.
The officer who was shot was back to work a few weeks after the incident. He received a Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart award in March.
Dobson will be on supervised release for five years after he serves his jail time. There is no parole in the federal system, however Dobson could get a small reduction for good time. But the U.S. Attorney's office says he's going to be serving most of his 28 year sentence.
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