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Jury convicts man of resisting arrest after video shown at trial

Posted at 1:56 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 16:58:09-05

A man has been found guilty of felony resisting arrest by force or violence in connection with a 2016 traffic stop.

On May 5, 2016, Monsuru Wole Sho, 54, was stopped for speeding on Highway 46 East. He reportedly gave the California Highway Patrol officer a false name and date of birth and tried to flee, resulting in a struggle with the officer.

Dashcam and body camera video of the incident was shown during Sho's trial. At one point, prosecutors said Sho attempted to take the officer's patrol car and brandished what the officer believed to be a handgun before fleeing into a nearby field.

Sho was eventually taken into custody when backup arrived.

The officer reportedly suffered torn muscles in his forearm and wrist due to the struggle.

In 2018, while out of custody and awaiting trial for the traffic stop incident, Sho was arrested in Orange County and convicted of the kidnapping and assault of an ex-girlfriend and sentenced to state prison. He was brought back to San Luis Obispo County for prosecution on the resisting arrest charge.

The jury heard four days of testimony and reportedly deliberated for less than an hour before reaching a verdict.

Sho faces a maximum of three years in prison when he is sentenced on December 3.