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November 5, 2011

Drug dealer sentenced to life after shootout

FORT WORTH, Texas — A 32-year-old man shot by a narcotics officer during a shootout at his Arlington home last year has been sentenced to life in prison.

Kory Michael Gautreaux was convicted of aggravated assault on a peace officer and possessing a controlled substance over 400 grams with intent to deliver. Besides the life sentence Friday for firing at police, he received a 75-year prison term and a $25,000 fine.

The shootout occurred in April 2010 when officers executed a search warrant at Gautreaux's home. At one point, Gautreaux leaned down as though he was going to drop his gun, then quickly raised back up and began firing. An officer shot him in the leg.

Texas prosecutors said Gautreaux has previous felony convictions in Louisiana for possessing large amounts of methamphetamine.

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