Sentencing Postponed Again For Admitted Police Shooter


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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