Monday Sentencing Set For Payson Police Shooter

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The fate of convicted police shooter Lenny Kizzar is expected to be determined Monday when he attends his sentencing hearing at Gila County Superior Court in Globe.

Kizzar's sentencing has been postponed four times since he plead guilty last July to the October 1999 shooting of Payson Police Officer Alan Dyer.

Dyer was laid up for eight months while he recovered from his wounds, and returned to patrol last August.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of prohibited possession of a weapon.

Sentencing was delayed most recently because his defense attorney, Jim Hazel, was elected Gila County Attorney in November, thus becoming the county's lead prosecutor.

"We've called in the attorney general's office," Hazel said, "They're representing the prosecution now, and it should all be wrapped up Monday."

Sentencing is at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at the Gila County Courthouse, 1400 E. Ash Street in Globe.

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