FARMINGTON -- Farmington police officers attended the sentencing hearing of the man who was involved in a shootout with them in January.
Marco Antonio Guizar, 37, of Taylorsville, apologized Thursday to the officers and to the public for his actions on Jan. 16.
"I'd like to apologize to the people I put in danger," Guizar said. "My object was for them to kill me."
Guizar pleaded guilty in March to attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault, a second-degree felony; and failure to stop at the command of a police officer, a third-degree felony.
Judge Thomas L. Kay sentenced Guizar to serve five years to life in Utah State Prison for the first-degree felony; one to 15 years on the second-degree felony; and up to five years on the third-degree felony. He also ordered the sentences to run together and recommended that Guizar get into a drug program while at the prison.
Guizar's public defender, Rich Gallegos, said, "Marco has never made any excuses for what he did. From the first time I met him, he has apologized for the danger he put the officers and the public in."
Gallegos said Guizar needs drug treatment.
Around 5 p.m. Jan. 16, dispatchers received several calls reporting a person in a gray vehicle shooting at a white pickup truck on Legacy Highway.
The gray vehicle left Legacy Highway at Park Lane and was spotted by police. A chase followed through several neighborhoods and, at some point, shots were exchanged.
Police do not have a motive behind the shootings.
Salt Lake police said Guizar is also believed to be the man who shot at several vehicles in several areas earlier that week.
Guizar is charged with multiple counts in 3rd District Court in three separate cases. His next hearing there is set for June 10.