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Convicted armed robber gets 30 years

Man will be retried on attempted murder charge in shooting of Navy airman

VIDEO: Local sailor, Brett Parks, is honored after stepping in to stop a robbery.
VIDEO: Local sailor, Brett Parks, is honored after stepping in to stop a robbery.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The man convicted of attempted armed robbery in connection with the shooting of a Navy airman was sentenced Friday.

Courtney Phillips got 30 years on the charge with a minimum-mandatory of 10 years.

The jury in Phillips case deadlocked on a second charge of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of Brett Parks, who lost his leg.

Parks testified that he was sure Phillips was the man who shot him on Oct. 17, 2012.

He was at a Southside apartment complex when he heard a man scream for help. Parks testified that the man told him he had been robbed, so Parks tried to stop the robber, who ended up shooting him.

Parks showed the jury what that bullet cost him. He now walks with a prosthetic leg. He also told the jury that when he saw Phillips' picture on TV, and from police, he knew that was the man who pulled the trigger.

"It wasn't a fear but it was more like an, ‘I've seen him.' Ever since that day I've dreamed about him. Every time I close my eyes he is there," Parks said.

There will be a retrial on the attempted murder charge.