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Man once named Public Enemy No. 1 sent to prison for assaulting officer

Man once named Public Enemy No. 1 sent to prison for assaulting officer

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SALT LAKE CITY — Once listed as Public Enemy No. 1, Christopher John McMillan was sentenced to prison Friday for assaulting a police officer and other violent offenses.

McMillan, 44, was ordered Friday to serve at least one year and up to 15 years in prison for assault on a police officer, a second-degree felony, and up to five years for failure to stop at an officer's command, a third-degree felony.

McMillan was originally charged with attempted aggravated murder — a first-degree felony carrying a potential sentence of 15 years to life in prison — after police say he swerved toward a West Valley officer laying down tire spikes as he fled from police last year. He was also accused of crashing into a police vehicle during the chase.

McMillan pleaded guilty in the case May 30, the day he was set to begin a jury trial. He admitted the same day to aggravated assault in a separate case, when prosecutors say he shot his brother in the foot during an argument in October 2015. At the time, police said McMillan was on felony probation for theft of more than $50,000 in fur coats in Park City.

A sentence in the shooting case of up to five years in prison will run concurrent to McMillan's time for the officer's assault, but consecutive to a term of up to five years he was ordered to serve for a series of thefts.

Additional weapons and assault charges in McMillan's cases were dismissed as part of the deal with prosecutors.

McMillan was named Public Enemy No. 1 by the Unified Police Metro Gang Unit in February 2016 as police searched for him after the chase with officers. Months earlier, police identified him as "a member of a violent white supremacist prison gang," a requirement to be placed at the top of the list.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, additional charges in McMillan's cases were dropped, including possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; two counts of felony discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony; an additional count of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; and reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor.

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