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Ex-Marine sentenced to 14 years in prison for shooting at CHP officer in El Cajon

December 1, 2010 |  5:11 pm

An ex-Marine was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in state prison for shooting at a California Highway Patrol officer after a 2009 freeway chase in El Cajon.

Edward Michael Forney, 21, was sentenced in the El Cajon branch of San Diego County Superior Court after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer. The officer was unhurt in the Aug. 9, 2009, incident.

Forney was a Marine private stationed at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego. He has since been administratively separated from the Marine Corps.

The incident began about 3 a.m. on Interstate 8 when the driver of a car in which Forney was a passenger refused to pull over. A CHP officer believed the driver was drunk.

The driver, Charles Neal, 24, pleaded guilty to felony evading arrest and was sentenced to two years in prison.

El Cajon police said Forney and Neal were documented gang members.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego