A scary looking criminal from Alaska, nicknamed “Eyeball” due to the fact he has his right eyeball tattooed, as well as half his face and the top of his head among other places, received a 22-year jail sentence for shooting at an Anchorage police officer in 2012.
The suspect, Jason Barnum, was sentenced on Friday in the Anchorage Superior Court, having pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary and a third-degree felony in possession of a weapon.
Back in 2012, while the police were investigating home burglaries and car thefts, they went to check out an Alaskan motel. Barnum opened fire from a bathroom and two officers shot back, striking Barnum in the arm. One officer was also injured before Barnum was arrested..
The Alaska Dispatch News reported that in court, Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew took the stand to argue for a harsh sentence,
“I think Jason Barnum decided a long time ago that his life was about being hostile to people,” Mew said, adding, “I’d like you to take a look at Mr. Barnum. He has the right to do this to himself and to express himself. We can’t sentence him for that, but I think we can consider a guy’s attitude and his behavior.”
Surprisingly, when Barnum took to the stand he became reflective about the incident, telling the court, “I’m humbled by what the chief said. I was out there pretty much running crazy. Everybody knows that I’m not the nicest guy. I understand that what I did was wrong. I can’t take none of it back.”
In attempting to explain himself, Barnum deflected some of the blame to the Alaska Department of Corrections, saying he left prison in 2010 with nowhere to go and nothing to do. “I was living on the streets, and I tried to get a job, but of course my beautiful face didn’t allow me to do that,” he said.
The Superior Court Judge in Anchorage, Jack Smith, then deflected that comment, squarely placing the blame on Barnum for his actions, “It’s going to be difficult, but hopefully it’ll be easier than the last time,” Smith said as he sentenced the suspect.