Montgomery County sends message with harsh sentences

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Life sentence and 40 years -- that's what you get when you mess with the police in Montgomery County.

"If you do it and you get caught, you're going to be treated harshly,"  said Kelly Blackburn, Chief of Montgomery County Trial Bureau.

In the past few weeks some harsh penalties came down in court. First, Ebeneser Morones was sentenced to life in prison after shooting at a cop car while they were chasing the car he was riding in. Then, Raymond Lindsey was sentenced to forty years after cops say he slammed the door on an officers arm during a domestic disturbance  and threatened to kill police.

With citizens feeling targeted by police and police feeling targeted by citizens, were these stiff sentences sending a message to the public?

In these cases - the criminal pasts of the defendants played a big role.