WASECA, Minn. (KEYC) - The man who entered a guilty plea to shooting Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson has been sentenced.
38-year-old Tyler Janovsky pled guilty to two counts of first-degree attempted murder back in July. On Friday, a Waseca County judge sentenced Janovsky to 35 years in prison which was agreed to as part of the plea deal.
In court emotional victim impact statements were held, including from Matson who was helped to the podium by his wife. The Waseca Police officer told the courtroom he “would still respond to that call if it were tomorrow.”
Matson’s wife, brother in law and partner at the Waseca Police Department also all said statements.
Officer Matson was shot by Janovsky while out on a service call on January 6 when officers were called to the 900 block of 3rd Ave. SE around 8 p.m. to investigate suspicious activity.
There they encountered 37-year-old Tyler Robert Janovsky, who had an active warrant for drug-related charges.
Gunfire was exchanged and Matson was shot in the head.
The 35 years is the maximum allowable sentence by law in the state for attempted first degree murder involving a police officer.
Matson recently returned to the Waseca community after several months of treatment in a Nebraska facility.
“We wish it could be more the sentencing guidelines currently only allow for a defendant who was charged in the attempted murder of a police officer to be sentenced to 20 years in prison ,” said Waseca County Attorney, Rachel Cornelius.
The 15 other years were charged for the shooting of two other Waseca Police Officers in the same incident.
Janovsky told the court he was “deeply sorry and hopes officer Matson makes a full recovery”.
“Now we can start to move on and continue our journey and get back to our new normal,” said Arik Matson.
“We just want to take a moment to thank our closest friends and family for helping our daughters and our home and the moral support,” said Matson’s wife Megan Matson.
Matson returned just weeks ago after from Nebraska after months of surgeries and therapies.