MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - The man who shot 2 Milwaukee police officers in broad daylight last summer was sentenced Thursday to 80 years in prison. That’s 30 years longer than the plea deal 19-year-old Julius Burton had reached with prosecutors. His lawyer portrayed Burton as mentally ill with profound paranoia. But Circuit Judge Patricia McMahon said he chose not to take the medication that would have helped him deal with his issues. And the judge told Burton, “You should not be in the community ever again.”
He shot and wounded officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch last June, when they stopped him for riding his bicycle on a sidewalk. A surveillance video of the incident was shown in court, while relatives and dozens of uniformed Milwaukee police officers looked on. Kunisch, who had the left part of his face blown out, said the lives of him and his family were changed forever. And Norberg said he’s had anxiety attacks and flashbacks. Police Chief Ed Flynn called it a “just sentence.” Burton’s family cried when hearing it. If he’s still living when he leaves prison, Burton must spend up to 20 years under extended supervision.