Man sent behind bars for shooting at deputies

BOSTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – The man who admitted to shooting at deputies in the Town of Boston learned his punishment Friday. Matthew Eck, 48, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of attempted murder. His sentences will be served concurrently.

In court, Eck apologized to his family and the deputies he shot at. Eck’s sentencing was in Erie County Court.

Eck said, “I apologize to the officers and their families, because I could have destroyed their lives.”

Authorities said Eck fired 60 shots, 25 of them at the officers. It led to a 12-hour standoff at his Town of Boston home. In September, Eck was ready to accept a plea deal, but when the judge asked him if he remembered what happened, Eck said no. Judge D’Amico then ordered another mental evaluation.

Eck’s defense attorney says it showed that he’s severely depressed. The attorney also said his client a psychologist and asked to be admitted for help the night before the incident. But Eck couldn’t enter until the weekend was over. The judge said given his state of mind weapons should not have been in the home.

Judge Michael D’Amico said, “What are you doing with an assault rifle? What are you doing with alcohol? It’s just such an explosive situation.”

Eck was hoping his client would have been sentenced to 15 years in prison. He says Eck’s actions that day don’t represent who he really is.

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