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Delich sentenced to minimum 116.5 years for death of Officer Hite

Delich sentenced to minimum 116.5 years for death of Officer Hite

CREATED Apr 30, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - David Nicholas Delich was sentenced before Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini for the 2008 killing of Tucson Police Officer Eric Hite.

Delich's total penalty comes to 116.5 years before he has any possibility for parole.  He will be serving 91.5 years, in the state mental hospital.  He also pleaded guilty, with no claim of insanity, to one count of first degree murder.  For that will serve life with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Back in February, in a surprise plea, Delich entered guilty pleas before Judge Bernini.

Delich's competency had been in dispute since the June 2008 murder of Tucson Police Officer Eric Hite. However, the facts of the incident have not been in dip.  In June 2008, Delich shot up a neighbor's home, loaded guns and ammunition into his convertible and drove east across Pima County firing at Sheriff's Deputies and Tucson Police who tried to stop him.

He wounded two Sheriff's Deputies, then as the chase reached Tucson's far east side, he fired at the car with TPD officer Erik Hite inside.  Hite was wounded and died the next day.

After shooting at Hite, Delich continued to lead a chase up Mount Lemmon, where he finally surrendered.