Shooter's Sentencing Postponed Fourth Time

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Convicted police shooter Lenny Kizzar evaded sentencing for the fourth time Thursday this time because his defense attorney is now Gila County's lead prosecutor.

Kizzar, who was represented by Payson attorney Jim Hazel, pleaded guilty last July to shooting Payson Police Officer Alan Dyer in the chest in October 1999 while the two men faced off in a crowded shopping center parking lot.

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

In November, however, Hazel was elected Gila County attorney, derailing Kizzar's sentencing hearing for the fourth time since his conviction.

"I can't sit in on that case now," Hazel said.

The Arizona attorney general will now be called in to help decide Kizzar's fate.

A status hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29 in Globe, at which time Kizzar's sentencing could be rescheduled.

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