A man named Jason Barnum, 39, was sentenced to 22 years in prison plus 3 years on probation on Friday in Anchorage Superior Court in Alaska. He has already served 2 of those years.
He earned the nickname “Eyeball” because of a tattoo that darkened the white part of his right. His head is also covered with more tattoos, primarily of skulls.
On Friday he pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary, and third-degree felony in possession of a weapon.
Barnum has appeared convicted of 14 crimes, but TheBlaze reports that this time, he shot a cop. The shooting happened when police were investigating home burglaries and car thefts. Officers were inspecting a hotel in 2012 when Barnum opened fire from a bathroom. Two officers shot back, striking Barnum in the arm, and one officer was injured. Barnum later admitted to the committing thefts and burglaries to feed a heroin addiction.
However, it looks like the “Eyeball” wants to change his ways and is hoping to lead a different life after this time around in prison, which he plans to spend the majority in solitude.
Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew spoke out in court regarding Barnum.
“I’m going to stick my neck out here and state the obvious, I’d like you to take a look at Mr. Barnum. He has the right to do this to himself and to express himself. We can’t sentence him for that, but I think we can consider a guy’s attitude and his behavior.”
Barnum stood up and gave an appropriate response.
“I’m humbled by what the chief said. I was out there pretty much running crazy,” Barnum told the court. “Everybody knows that I’m not the nicest guy. I understand that what I did was wrong. I can’t take none of it back.”
During his speech, he did still put some blame to the Alaska Department of Corrections, saying he left prison in 2010 with nowhere to go and nothing to do.
“I was living on the streets, and I tried to get a job, but of course my beautiful face didn’t allow me to do that.”
Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jack Smith said the blame falls on Barnum, regardless of whether the system failed, the drugs made him act erratically, or anything else. However, he said the sentence this time includes parole and will likely help him out more when he is released at nearly 60 years old.