Struck Prineville Police Sgt. Jimmy O'Daniel in the head several times with a hammer during a burglary attempt in 2015

The man who assaulted Prineville Police Sgt. Jimmy O'Daniel during a 2015 burglary attempt at Terry's Jewelry and Gifts was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday morning.

According to Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins, Trevor Hugh Trollope, age 26, pleaded guilty to first degree assault as well as first degree robbery and first degree burglary.

The incident prompting the sentence occurred on March 21, 2015. O'Daniel was the first to arrive on scene at about 3:45 a.m. that Saturday, seeing the door to Terry's Jewelry and Gifts smashed in and the suspect visible inside the building. Upon entry, the sergeant was attacked by Trollope, who repeatedly hit O'Daniel over the head with a hammer.

He struck the sergeant 11 times before Crook County Deputy District Attorney Raun Atkinson, who had joined him on a ride-along, relied upon his prior military training to help O'Daniel apprehend the hammer-wielding suspect.

O'Daniel endured a lengthy and arduous road to recovery that would ultimately take six months. Rehabilitation efforts required at least 50 doctor appointments and lots of cognitive training to ensure he could eventually return to active duty.

"The courtroom was completely packed with citizens from the community and law enforcement, and that was really awesome," said Vitolins, who added that the crowd attended to not only show support to O'Daniel and his family, but send a message.

"We appreciate and care about our law enforcement officers, and we aren't going to tolerate this kind of behavior in the community," Vitolins remarked. "It was great."

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