Life sentence handed man convicted in shooting death of cop

CHICAGO (AP) — A life prison sentence has been handed a man convicted in the 2010 shooting death of a Chicago police officer.

Judge Timothy Joyce rejected an insanity defense in finding 29-year-old Bryant Brewer of Chicago guilty last month in the death of Officer Thor Soderberg. Joyce on Wednesday sentenced Brewer.

Prosecutors alleged Brewer surprised the 43-year-old Soderberg as he changed out of his uniform and placed his duty belt down. Brewer grabbed Soderberg’s gun from the officer’s belt, shot him in the back, then stood over Soderberg and pumped more shots into him.

Prosecutors also said Brewer opened fire at others who responded to the scene.

Brewer claimed he shot Soderberg in self-defense during a fight with the officer. He also testified he was proud of being a cop killer.