Marwin McDarment, 44, received 216 years to life in state prison on Wednesday for the attempted murder of multiple peace officers during a 2011 shootout on the Tule River Reservation.
The sentence for the Porterville man was announced by Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward in a news release on Thursday.
According to evidence presented at trial, McDarment arrived at a house on the reservation and pulled a revolver on those inside but fled when they called authorities. While en route to the call, deputies saw McDarment’s truck and conducted a felony traffic stop.
McDarment shot at the deputies, who returned fire. With help from a tribal officer, the deputies subdued and arrested McDarment, who was airlifted to a Visalia hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Porterville Recorder reported at the time.
Extensive Criminal History
On Aug. 8 of this year, a jury convicted McDarment on two counts of premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer, assault with a firearm of a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
The court also found that McDarment had prior strikes for assault with a deadly weapon (1996), attempted carjacking (2004), and assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury
Eight different attorneys represented McDarment on the shootout charges and they filed numerous trial continuances, resulting in an 11-year quest for justice by the DA’s office.
Supervising deputy DA Jessica Weatherly prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.