Man gets 12 years in attack on Baltimore officer

BEL AIR — A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for an attack on a Baltimore police detective that left him legally blind.

Detective Jermaine Cook lost his left eye after he was hit in the face by a glass beer mug thrown by James Kimble of Joppa in what authorities described as a racially motivated attack.

Cook can’t drive long distances or at night, and he’s making less money because he’s no longer getting any overtime pay. Prosecutor Daniel Ryden said in court Tuesday that Cook will never work as a police officer again.

Kimble apologized to Cook, saying he’s “not that kind of person.”

Harford County Circuit Judge Stephen Waldron sentenced Kimble to 25 years, with all but 12 years suspended, calling Cook’s actions “intolerable in our society.”

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