Man who shot, wounded state trooper sentenced
PORT ALLEN - A 23-year-old Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to shooting and wounding a Louisiana state trooper in 2011 and delivered a tearful apology to the trooper's family as well as to his own family.
During the apology on Monday, state District Judge Robin Free told William Belniak to go and shake the hand of the trooper he shot in the head as well as of the trooper's wife.
Belniak stepped over and shook the hands of State Trooper Kevin Biddy and his wife, who easily accepted the gesture.
Free sentenced Belniak, of Burlington, Conn., to 28 years in prison in the May 4, 2011, shooting of Biddy.