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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2008 9:33 pm | Updated: 10:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Phoenix man was sentenced Thursday to 23 and a half years in prison, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Sunday.

Guillermo Bustamante had been found guilty on July 22 of four charges related to an assault by his dog on a Phoenix police sergeant on Oct. 31, 2007. The police officer had spotted Bustamante in a stolen car. Bustamante then ordered his Rottweiler to attack the officer, who was bitten in the arm, causing injury.

“Our office is committed to the aggressive prosecution of defendants who assault law enforcement officers,” County Attorney Andrew Thomas said in a statement released Sunday. “This sentence shows the seriousness of our commitment.”

Bustamante was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault, theft of means of transportation, and resisting arrest.

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