Dominick Conley will spend spend the next 27 years of his life behind bars.
20-year-old Dominick Conley was sentenced Monday morning in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in front of Judge Mark Fleegle. Conley received 26 years for charges which include felonious assault on a police officer, assault on a police dog, several kidnapping and abduction charges as well as tampering with evidence in the August 2009 shooting of Officer Mike Schiele and his K-9 partner Bosco.
"I would like to apologize to the victims of my crime," said Conley. "I’m truly remorseful for what I did and I wish that I could take it back, but I can’t. I’m just happy it turned out how it did and not worse."
Conley’s lawyer had argued that a diminished mental capacity led to his client’s actions that night.
"Mr. Conley had a meltdown of sorts both emotional and mental," said Gregory Carter Conley’s attorney.
Carter said that Conley’s been diagnosed as bipolar with attention deficit and post traumatic stress disorders among other mental issues that led to his actions.
In the end Judge Fleegle didn’t agree.
"You’ve got a lot to learn," said the judge. "There’s people as bad as you that have had a life as bad as you who don’t do things that you do. You’ve got to learn."
Zanesville Police Chief Eric Lambes said this ends what was a dark time for his department and is glad to see justice has been served. Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox agrees.
"It ends a very long process for the both of us. This case has been pending for a year and a half so it does end a long process and prevents a trial from occurring in this matter," explained Haddox.
It’s a trial that Haddox said would most likely been moved due to all the media attention received. Along with the 26 year sentence in Muskingum County, Conley, will also serve a one year sentence in Washington County for assaulting a corrections officer.
Haddox said he’ll serve that sentence before the Muskingum County crimes.