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Alberta man who tried to kill Mounties gets 12 years

A man who tried to kill two RCMP officers last year has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Michael Leslie Johnson originally faced 36 charges, including four counts of attempted murder

Michael Johnson was charged after one RCMP officer was run over and another shot during a standoff and shootout at a rural home east of Edmonton in January 2014. (Trevor Wilson/CBC)

A man who tried to kill two RCMP officers last year has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Michael Leslie Johnson originally faced 36 charges, including four counts of attempted murder, break and enter and resisting arrest.

Johnson, 33, tried to run over one Mountie with a pickup truck, and shot at several others who were trying to arrest him on a rural Alberta property in January 2014. 

He pleaded guilty to some of those charges in August 2014.

On Tuesday, Johnson was sentenced to 12 years in prison. With credit for time served, he will spend another nine years and five months in custody.

RCMP officers went to a rural home east of Edmonton on Jan. 6, 2014, while hunting for a man who had stolen a gun and threatened to kill someone. 

When they arrived, Johnson slipped away from officers and jumped into a truck to escape.

He drove over Cpl. Travis Ogilvie then got stuck in a snowbank and exchanged gunfire with other officers, grazing one in the arm.

Johnson was shot several times.

Ogilvie suffered broken bones and internal injuries.

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