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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 06:01 PM

A year in county jail after 4 decades on the run (for shooting police officers)

In an emotional and at times tense court hearing, a 67-year-old man who spent more than four decades on the lam was sentenced Friday to a year in county jail for opening fire on South San Francisco police officers in 1968.

About 30 supporters of Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth applauded after a hearing at which Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak said she had decided against imposing the maximum five-year sentence because Bridgeforth was taking responsibility for his crime and wasn't a danger to society.

Bridgeforth pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon in November, 11 days after he left his life as "Cole Jordan," a therapist at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., and turned himself in to San Mateo County authorities.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/23/BAOC1N2OOF.DTL

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