Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor Sentenced to 12.5 Years for Fatal Shooting

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 30: Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor (L) and his attorney Thomas Plunkett leave the Hennepin County Government Center on the second day of jury deliberation on April 30, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Noor is charged with second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in …
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder has been sentenced to a 12½-year prison term for the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911.

A Minnesota jury convicted Mohamed Noor in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia. Noor shot Damond when she approached his squad car in the alley behind her home.

Noor’s lawyers had argued for a light sentence, saying sending him to prison would only compound the tragedy and leave him unable to make amends for killing Damond.

But Judge Kathryn Quaintance on Friday sentenced the 33-year-old Noor to the identical sentence recommended under state guidelines.

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