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Prosecutor aims for multiple life sentences for Daniel Clary

VIDEO: Daniel Clary headed to trial...

EASTON, Pa. - Wearing an orange jumpsuit, a handcuffed Daniel Clary was led into a Northampton County courtroom.

The 22-year-old had a cast on his hand and a large bandage on his neck behind his ear. During his preliminary hearing a Pennsylvania State Trooper detailed the events that led to those injuries. 

"A very scary situation. From a simple alleged DUI to a life threatening shoot-out," said Northampton County Prosecutor Terry Houck.

Houck says he's going for multiple life sentences in the case against Daniel Clary, of Monroe County.

Clary is charged with the attempted homicide of Pennsylvania State Trooper Seth Kelly, who was shot after a routine traffic stop back on Nov. 7.

In Clary's preliminary hearing Trooper Ryan Seiple, the initial officer on scene, testified he feared for his life. He outlined in detail the events that led to Clary allegedly shooting at both him and Kelly.

Seiple said a fight ensued after he pulled Clary over for speeding on Route 33 South in Plainfield Township and later tried to arrest him for driving under the influence of marijuana. 

Seiple testified Clary fought through being shocked with a Taser twice, retrieved a gun from his car and shot at both of them multiple times. Corporal Kelly was hit in the chest and leg.

Clary then drove off to Easton Hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds of his own and eventually arrested.

Seiple gave a harrowing account of finding Kelly covered in blood after falling over the guard rail and down an embankment.

Despite his injuries, Kelly applied a tourniquet to stem the bleeding from his own leg wound. After Kelly passed out, Seiple said he and others kept it in place while Kelly was put on a stretcher and lifted up the hill.

"He's not getting any deals, I'll tell you that. He got his break when Corporal Kelly survived. That is the only break he will get," Houcks said of Clary.

Clary's attorney asked the judge to dismiss the charges based on a lack of evidence. The judge didn't buy it and added two additional charges. Clary is due back in court in February. 

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