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Judge Gives Man Responsible For Officer’s Death 23 Year Sentence

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Rollin Oliver (credit: Denver Police)

Rollin Oliver (credit: Denver Police)

DENVER (CBS4) – A 22-year-old man will spend 26 years in prison for killing a Denver police office at a concert last summer in City Park.

Officer Celena Hollis (credit: Denver Police)

Officer Celena Hollis (credit: Denver Police)

Rollin Oliver spoke during his sentencing hearing in court on Friday, saying he regrets what happened and he holds himself accountable.

As part of his plea deal, 26 years in prison was the maximum term Oliver could have received.

Oliver admitted to fatally shooting Denver police officer Celena Hollis last June 24. He fired into a crowd, he said, in self defense.

Hollis’ mother Dorothy spoke in court and said Oliver deserves to be in jail, locked up and chained.

Oliver’s father says he understands the community’s anger, but he disagrees with the sentence.

“I wish there was something I could do. It’s done now. We have to live with it and pray they find it in their hearts to forgive him,” Deryl Oliver said.

Denver police officers said Friday’s sentencing should be assurance to the public that violence in the city will not be tolerated.

RELATED: Flower Garden Pays Tribute To Fallen Officer Hollis

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