Man who pepper-sprayed off-duty lawman gets 3-year sentence

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man who blasted an off-duty California Highway
Patrol officer in the face with pepper spray in an attempt to rob the lawman in
Old Town was sentenced Thursday to three years in state prison.

Angel Blanco, 21, pleaded guilty last month to robbery with the use of a
deadly weapon.

Deputy District Attorney John Pro told a judge last year that CHP
Officer Ken Jackman was walking home about 10 p.m. on June 8 near Juan and
Taylor streets when he was accosted by three people.

Blanco asked Jackman for the time, and when the officer pulled out his
cell phone, the defendant sprayed him with pepper spray — also known as Mace
or OC spray — and demanded money, the prosecutor said.

Jackman identified himself as a peace officer, pulled his service weapon
from his back pocket, and took the defendant into custody, Pro said.

The two other people with Blanco fled and are still at large, according
to Pro.

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