The Jacksonville police officer apparently couldn’t just let the moment just slide by.
So the officer — addressing the man convicted of shooting him multiple times during a 2016 traffic stop at his sentencing Wednesday — told Kevin Rojas what he could expect in prison.
“I got a little gift for you,” the officer told Rojas before pulling out a tube of K-Y Jelly, the Florida Times-Union reported. “You’re gonna need a lot of this where you’re going little man.”
Rojas — who appeared smug in court, the paper said — was sentenced to life behind bars.
More from the Times-Union:
In March 2016, Rojas had fought with his girlfriend when he grabbed a gun, fired it a few times and suggested the day may be his last one, police said. He then took off in a car and began driving erratically.
That’s when the undercover officer who was taking his child to school decided to pull Rojas over on Collins Road near Roosevelt Boulevard, police said. When the officer took his eyes off Rojas momentarily, the 19-year-old began shooting through the windshield of the officer’s car. Three bullets hit the officer, including in the face. His son was not struck.
The officer fired back as Rojas ran away. He then stole a truck and raced back to his neighborhood, barricading himself inside his home after crashing the truck at a neighbor’s house. Rojas was shot after police officers said they saw him through the sliding-glass door pointing a gun at them. Rojas was shot in the torso, leg and hand.
“I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander,” the officer — not named by the Times-Union because of his undercover work — said during the hearing.
He finished by adding to Rojas: “When I returned fire, and I brought the fight back, you started to run like a coward. That’s all you did is run like a coward.” Then the officer taunted Rojas with the tube of personal lubricant.
Rojas, now 21, was found guilty by a jury in October on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, grand theft auto and fleeing, the paper said.
He was sentenced to the maximum prison sentence for each of the crimes: life plus three 15-year sentences and two five-year sentences for the lesser charges, the Times-Union reported.
The paper added that Circuit Judge James Daniel noted as he handed down the sentencing, “I’m pretty sure Mr. Rojas doesn’t understand what ‘the rest of his life’ means.”
(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)