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Homeless man sentenced for 2006 assault against trooper

A district judge on Thursday sentenced a homeless man who was shot by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper to one year to 21/2 years in prison for assaulting the trooper.

District Judge Valerie Vega sentenced 52-year-old Donald O’Day for assaulting Trooper Angie Chavera in 2006. Authorities said O’Day, who has a history of mental illness, threw softball-sized rocks at Chavera in a vacant lot near Durango Drive and U.S. Highway 95.

During a 2006 court hearing, Chavera said O’Day kept charging and throwing rocks at her. She shot him in the face to stop him.

The shooting sparked a small protest in front of City Hall in 2006. About 20 people gathered with signs that read “No hunting the homeless” and “Feed unarmed homeless, don’t shoot them.”

O’Day’s relatives previously said he is a paranoid schizophrenic who had been living on the street, in institutions or with family members since 1979.

 

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