Image: Courthouse shooting
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William Strier, center, fires shots at his former attorney, Gerald Curry, in this October 2003 television image in Los Angeles.
updated 3/17/2006 6:56:34 PM ET 2006-03-17T23:56:34

A man who opened fire on a lawyer in a videotaped attack outside a courthouse was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 25 years.

William Strier, 66, shot Gerald Curry five times in the neck, arms and shoulder in 2003. A TV cameraman covering the murder trial of actor Robert Blake recorded the scene as Strier fired away with two guns while Curry bobbed, weaved and crouched behind a slender tree.

Strier was convicted in January of attempted murder.

Prosecutors said that Strier was upset with the lawyer over the handling of a $98,000 trust fund that Strier received after he was struck by a car.

After the shooting, Strier calmly pocketed his guns and walked away, saying, “That’s what you get for taking my money.”

The defense argued that Strier believed his trust had been mismanaged, and he “lost his mind” during the attack.

Curry, 55, said he was satisfied Strier will never leave prison. “I think he’s a dangerous man,” he said.

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