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UPDATE: Wis. Supreme Court to rule in police shooting

UPDATED Wednesday, July 10, 2013 --- 5:26 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to rule in the case of a man convicted of shooting and injuring two Milwaukee police officers in 2009.

Julius Burton was sentenced to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the shooting of the officers. Burton wanted to withdraw his pleas, arguing that his former attorney and the lower court didn't properly advise him, but a state appeals court denied his request.

Burton took his case to the state Supreme Court, which was set to rule on it Wednesday.

The officers were monitoring students leaving a high school when they saw Burton violating a city ordinance. Burton shot both officers at close range in their faces.

The officers returned to duty about a year later.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 25, 2010 --- 4:35 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A teenager who pleaded guilty to shooting and injuring two Milwaukee police officers last summer has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Online court records say 19-year-old Julius C. Burton also received 20 years of extended supervision Thursday.

Burton had pleaded guilty to two charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch say they stopped Burton last summer because he was riding his bike on a sidewalk.

Investigators say Burton reacted by shooting both in the head. One officer lost an eye and half his face and the other lost several teeth.

Defense attorney Julius Kim says what adds to the tragedy is that the shooting stemmed from Burton's mental illness, not criminal intent.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 25, 2010 --- 10:05 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A teenager who pleaded guilty to shooting and injuring two Milwaukee police officers last summer will be in court for sentencing.

As part of a plea agreement, 19-year-old Julius C. Burton pleaded guilty to two charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. In return, prosecutors will recommend a sentence Thursday of 50 years in prison instead of the maximum 90.

Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch say they stopped Burton last summer because he was riding his bike on a sidewalk, in violation of an ordinance.

According to court documents, Burton pulled out a gun and fired on the officers from several feet away. Much of the left side of Kunisch's face was blown off and he lost his eye. Norberg lost several teeth after the bullet tore through his jaw.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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Posted Friday, January 22, 2010 --- 8:15 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A teenager has pleaded guilty to attempted homicide for shooting two Milwaukee police officers.

Nineteen-year-old Julius Burton shot Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch in June.

In return for Thursday's guilty plea, the district attorney is recommending Burton spend 50 years in prison instead of the maximum 90. However, the judge isn't bound by that.

The officers say they stopped Burton because he was riding his bike on a sidewalk, in violation of an ordinance. According to court documents, Burton pulled out a gun and fired on the officers from just feet away. Much of the left side of Kunisch's face was blown off and he lost his eye. Norberg lost several teeth after the bullet ripped through his jaw.

Burton will be sentenced Feb. 25.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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