A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 44 years in prison for shooting a Cherry Hills Village police officer during a 2018 home invasion robbery.
Angelo Alston was sentenced on Monday by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Eric White, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Officer Cory Sack was shot in the Aug. 20, 2018, incident.
On Aug. 2, Alston pleaded guilty to on count of attempted murder of a police officer and three counts of aggravated robbery, the release said.
“I cannot think of a more flagrant violation of the laws that hold our society together than trying
to kill a peace officer,” said District Attorney John Kellner, in the release. “This wasn’t a robbery when no one was home. This was an invasion of a home when the perpetrators knew people were inside. And those perpetrators brought guns.
“When Officer Sack ran to the aid of that family, this defendant unloaded his clip right at the
officer. We are lucky to still have Officer Sack. An incredible investigative effort brought this
defendant to justice, and rightly so.”
Six people were home at the time of the robbery. The armed robbers forced open a safe and stole cash and valuables. There were three accomplices in the robbery. Sack responded to a 911 hang-up call to the home and interrupted the robbery. Sack was shot as he entered the home.
“The reason he wanted me dead was the badge I was wearing,” Sack told the court Monday during the sentencing, according to the release. “Only the lowest of the low will try to kill a police officer trying to help others in their most vulnerable time. … He left me there to die.”
Sack was released from Swedish Medical Center On Sept. 13, 2018, after being treated for a gunshot wound to each leg. He returned fire during the shooting and was deemed justified, by the district attorney’s office, in firing his weapon during the attack.
Prosecutors described Alston as a “ringleader” in the robbery.
White described the robbery and shooting as extremely aggravated.
“The shooting of a police officer shows great disrespect for the rules of society,” White said. The defendant is left with the choices he made.”