WACO (October 2, 2013)—Michael Ray Hall, a Waco man whom a police officer shot in the face earlier this year, was sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in July to a three-count drug indictment.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith also ordered Hall to spend five years on supervised release and to pay a $1,500 fine and a $300 special assessment to the court.
Hall, who has previous state convictions for stealing a car in 1986, burglarizing a building in 1987, and as a habitual criminal in 1990 on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer, was shot in the face in January at his home after two Waco police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Hall was shot in the lower jaw as he moved toward one of the officers in what police said was a threatening manner after a woman involved in the incident told police he was armed and had fired a shot inside the house.
Hall was conscious, walking and talking after the shooting.
Hall was on parole at the time of the shooting after serving 21 years for aggravated assault on a police officer, according to online records.
Officers later discovered Hall wasn't armed, but had left the weapon in a bedroom where investigators later determined he had fired it just before officers arrived.