An East St. Louis man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after firing shots at a police officer.   52-year-old Gregory Nelson was sentenced this week to 50 years in jail for the attempted murder of an Illinois State Police Trooper who was attempting a traffic stop.

The incident took place on June 23, 2015, when the trooper conducted a traffic stop for suspicion of drunk driving on the entrance ramp to I-255 from State Street in East St. Louis.   Authorities say Nelson exited his vehicle for a field sobriety test and pulled a gun firing at the trooper.  The trooper returned fire, but neither person was struck and Nelson fled on foot.  U.S. Marshals took Nelson into custody a few days later at an apartment in St. Ann, Missouri.

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