Sentencing Postponed Again For Admitted Police Shooter

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Lenny Kizzar of Payson will wait another two weeks to find out how long he'll spend in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Kizzar's sentencing for the attempted murder of a Payson police officer was set for Thursday, but due to another trial, it's been postponed for the third time.

In July, the 41-year-old suspect entered a plea agreement with the Gila County Attorney's Office, pleading guilty to two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of prohibited possession of a weapon.

"I think, with these delays, the defense is hoping to mitigate sentencing ... to get Kizzar a lighter sentence," County Attorney Jerry DeRose said. "One of the charges, though, was a dangerous crime against a child, which carries a mandatory 10-year sentence. There's not going to be much they can mitigate."

Kizzar's sentencing has been reset for 9 a.m., Oct. 12 in Gila County Superior Court in Payson.

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