Man gets max in DPD officer shooting

6:11 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The man who admitted to shooting and killing a Denver police officer last summer was sentenced to 26 years behind bars.

Rollin Oliver fired off four rounds into a packed City Park one year ago Monday. He ended up killing Celena Hollis, who was standing nearly 80 yards away.

Oliver was sentenced to the maximum under the terms of a plea deal reached back in April.

Celena Hollis was a single mother. Her colleagues called her a dedicated and talented police officer. 

She was rushing toward a fight at City Park Jazz when she was hit by a single bullet, fired from nearly a football field length away.

Rollin Oliver told a judge Friday that he never wanted to hurt anyone. His defense says he feared for his own life and was simply trying to get away from gang members at the park. 

Prosecutors were quick to point out that by taking out a gun and firing indiscriminately that night, he put hundreds of others at risk as well.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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