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Jacob Julick sentenced to 25 years for firing at police while fleeing 2019 traffic stop

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Posted at 10:10 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 22:10:53-05

COVINGTON, Ky. — Jacob Ray Julick, a Northern Kentucky man found guilty of firing at police officers while fleeing a traffic stop in 2019, will serve 25 years behind bars.

Julick, 28, was sentenced in Kenton County court on Tuesday afternoon. He had faced two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and six other charges.

According to police, Julick was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills officers on June 6, 2019. Officers pulled the vehicle over in an Erlanger Speedway parking lot before Julick fled on foot, firing his gun and sprinting through the parking lot of an auto shop and out of sight.

His getaway prompted a 19-day, interstate manhunt. Police spotted Julick again on June 22, this time in a vehicle of his own. A brief chase ensued, and police said Julick fled at speeds of up to 80 mph and mounted sidewalks. Covington police ended the chase due to dangerous high speeds.

Julick was eventually found in Westwood three days later, surrendering to police and U.S. Marshals after a four-hour standoff outside an apartment building where he had been sheltering.

During the trial, Julick’s attorneys argued he wasn't trying to shoot officers when he fired his weapon, and that he was only trying to scare them to escape the stop.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said Tuesday that prosecutors had hoped Julick would receive a life sentence.

“Had I been on that jury, I would’ve been arguing for a heftier sentence than what he received,” Sanders told WCPO.

According to Sanders, Julick also assaulted a jail guard. He said prosecutors are going to charge him in that assault as soon as they can convene the grand jury again.