Lincoln receives 222-year sentence for Grand Junction area shootings |

Lincoln receives 222-year sentence for Grand Junction area shootings

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) ” A Western Slope man is being ordered to spend 222 years in prison for shooting at Mesa County sheriff’s deputies, and trying to kill an acquaintance in a desert area near Grand Junction.

Twenty-six-year-old Samuel Lincoln learned his sentence Friday.

Lincoln fired shots at two deputies during a car chase in December 2005. A month earlier, he tried to kill 20-year-old James Finnegan.

Authorities said Lincoln and another man shot Finnegan several times in the face, leg, shoulder, wrist and side, but he survived.

A jury convicted Lincoln in that case last month.

Judge Thomas Deister denied a defense motion for a new trial.

Deister sentenced Lincoln to 144 years for shooting at the deputies, and 78 years for trying to kill Finnegan.

Lincoln also is scheduled for trial starting March 10 in Garfield County for attempted murder. He is accused of stabbing a man during a robbery on Nov. 30, 2004, in West Glenwood.

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