SAN DIEGO -- A man who shot at four police officers after holing up in his ex-girlfriend's condominium in Bankers Hill was sentenced Friday to 20 years in state prison.
As his trial entered its eighth week last month, Titus Colbert pleaded guilty to four counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer.
He admitted firing at two San Diego police officers who attempted to gain access to one of the bedrooms in the condominium and later shooting at two SWAT officers who were trying to position themselves on the roof of the building.
Colbert, 36, had faced multiple life terms behind bars if convicted of premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer and assault with a semiautomatic weapon, charges that were dismissed as a result of the plea bargain.
Colbert, who throughout his time in custody spoke out in court, saying he had special powers and was part of the New World Order, made a brief statement after Judge Louis Hanoian pronounced the stipulated sentence.
"I apologize for my actions," the defendant said. "And thank you for treating me so well."
Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Colbert took two rifles and a revolver belonging to his roommate in Las Vegas and showed up at his former girlfriend's condo in Bankers Hill a few days before his Nov. 4, 2015, arrest.
According to Runyon, the morning of the shooting, Colbert's ex- girlfriend, Ashley Davies, realized he had broken into her complex and sent him a text saying: "You're trespassing! You're going to jail!"
Colbert responded by texting, "(Expletive), I'm going to be a star. (Expletive) you for putting my life in danger," the prosecutor said.
When officers responded to Davies' sixth-floor condo near the roof of the complex, a shot rang out from behind her door and an officer returned fire, according to Runyon.
The prosecutor said officers retreated and more shots were fired at them and members of a SWAT team.
Hours later, police observed a rifle, revolver and a magazine for a rifle being thrown out of the window from where Colbert was holed up, Runyon said. After Colbert's arrest, officers found 17 expended casings and another rifle under a pile of clothes in the room, the prosecutor said.
Defense attorney Melissa Tralla told the jury that Colbert had a psychotic break and was paranoid and delusional. She said that days before, Colbert had called Davies at least 50 times and was rambling and not acting right.
The attorney said Colbert was showing signs of mental illness by age 6, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia by age 15.