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Man shot by police officer pleads guilty to burglary

Prosecutors did drop an "assault on an officer" charge against 18-year-old Deontrace Ward, saying they didn't have enough evidence to move forward.
Deontrace Ward is escorted into court Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- A man shot by a Portsmouth police officer will spend the next six years in prison.

On Tuesday, Deontrace Ward pleaded guilty on several charges, including armed burglary.

Prosecutors also dropped an "assault on an officer" charge against the 18-year-old, saying they didn't have enough evidence to move forward.

In October of last year, police were called to a robbery in a residential neighborhood. Video obtained by The Virginian-Pilot shows rookie Portsmouth Officer Jeremy Durocher wounding Ward, who authorities described as an armed burglary suspect.

The officer's attorney previously said Ward was a clear danger because he was armed. Police said they found a loaded handgun in Ward's pantleg.

Officer Durocher did not testify during the trial.

At Ward's sentencing Tuesday, a judge ordered him to also pay $1,400 in restitution.

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