SAVANNAH, GA (October 10, 2011): A Savannah man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder of a police officer has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Keenan Ramon Greene, 19, apologized to officer Jason Pagliaro for shooting out the back window of his patrol car and pursuing him for several blocks firing at him multiple times before leading police on an extended pursuit through busy Savannah streets.

Green pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a first offender, theft by taking a vehicle, theft by receiving a vehicle, and fleeing and eluding.  He was sentenced by Judge Louisa Abbot to 45 years in prison with 35 to serve, including a 20-year concurrent sentence for burglary. The 9 mm handgun recovered at his arrest had been reported stolen in a burglary Jan. 7.

Greene was taken into custody Jan. 18 after converging patrol officers boxed him in at 51st and Hickory Streets in the Parkside neighborhood and the stolen car he was driving struck a street curb and broke an axle.

Pagliaro was on patrol in the Southside Precinct at 8:15 a.m. on January 18 in the Paradise Park neighborhood when he received a report of a stolen white Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He quickly spotted the vehicle and passed a red Monte Carlo to get behind the white one.

As soon as he did, shots began to hit his car from the red Monte Carlo, which also had been stolen and was driven by Greene. Pagliaro sped away in an attempt to elude his pursuer, who continued to follow him and fire repeatedly. He then turned around and joined other patrol cars following the red Monte Carlo to the Parkside area.

The bullet shattered the back window of the patrol car and struck the Plexiglas shield behind the driver’s head.

The white Monte Carlo was found damaged and abandoned in the area where the chase began after that driver also hit a curb.

 

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