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Sixty years in prison for ‘coward’ who shot CPD detective in the back

Bobby Selvie

Bobby Selvie

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Updated: November 3, 2011 4:53PM

A South Side man was sentenced to 60 years in prison Monday for shooting and injuring a Chicago Police detective.

Bobby Selvie, 27, was convicted by a Cook County jury in July of aggravated battery with a firearm conviction before Judge Timothy Joyce. He was acquitted of the more serious charge of attempted murder.

Selvie shot Wentworth Police detective Patrick Johnson in the lower back while Johnson and his partner were investigating gang activity in the 800 block of West 50th Place in 2007.

The detectives were trying to interview Selvie and two others before they ran off, prosecutors said.

Johnson, who knew Selvie from prior incidents, said he chased the group and saw Selvie’s face before he was wounded.

In a victim impact statement, Johnson talked of the painful days following his injuries.

Johnson said he felt guilty over the pain he had bought upon his loved ones and talked of the particularly tough moment of watching his “always invisible seeming father” suffer a stroke days after the shooting. He also said he felt bad for his wife who saw him “put a gun” back on his belt again and work as an officer, fearing once again she’d get another dreadful call again.

Johnson said his brush with Selvie has motivated him to never turn his back on a “coward” again. While he has regained his confidence, Johnson said his wife no longer has the luxury of believing the “lie” that nothing will ever happen to him on the job.

“My wife, my parents, my loved ones, they are victims of Bobby Selvie just as much if not more than I am,” Johnson said in the statement.

Selvie is a relative of Michael Selvie, who was sentenced to 55 years in prison last year for the December 2006 shooting death of Willie Posey, the bodyguard and friend of former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Terry “Tank” Johnson.

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