Cobb Superior Court Judge LaTain Kell accepted the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney Jaret Usher in sentencing Kevin Gibbs, 24, to 20 years in prison followed by another 10 on probation.
On Nov. 22, a Cobb jury convicted Gibbs of all five charges, including two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and reckless driving.
Evidence presented during the trial showed Gibbs was sitting in the driver’s seat of the only car parked in Jonquil Park about 5 p.m. on a rainy day on Feb. 12, when he was approached by a police cruiser driven by Smyrna Officer Daniel Stuckey.
Gibbs was not breaking any law at the time, but Stuckey got out of his vehicle to question him.
Rather than stop, Gibbs began inching his Hyundai Sonata toward Stuckey, bumping into his legs. Stuckey ordered Gibbs to stop. Instead, Gibbs’ accelerated toward Stuckey, who then fired his service weapon through the driver’s side window. The bullet struck Gibbs, who then sped out of the park and into rush-hour traffic.
At the intersection of Spring Street and Glenroy Drive, Gibbs’ vehicle hit a Buick Enclave, shearing off a tire. Gibbs continued driving and later crashed into a median. That’s when Stuckey, a nine-year veteran officer who had chased Gibbs, apprehended him.