Former Minneapolis police officer, Mohamed Noor, was sentenced to 57 months behind bars on Thursday by a judge for fatally shooting a 911 caller, Justine Ruszczyk Damond
on July 15, 2017.
Noor had been convicted for third-degree murder for killing Damond, but the charge was tossed out by the state Supreme Court last month, which left his conviction for second-degree manslaughter as the top conviction.
During the sentence hearing on Thursday, Noor apologized for his actions. “I’m deeply grateful for Mr. Damond’s forgiveness,” he said. “I’m deeply sorry for the pain that I’ve caused that family.”
Hennepin County Judge Kathryn Quaintance acknowledged Noor’s record as a model prisoner but said that his actions that night warranted a maximum penalty of 57 months. “You did shoot across the nose of your partner,” she said.
“You did endanger a bicyclist and residents of a community of surrounding houses on a summer Saturday evening. One household was entertaining guests on a porch adjacent to the gunfire. These factors of endangering the public make your crime of manslaughter appropriate for the high end of the guidelines.”
Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, were called to Damond’s neighborhood after she reported that she heard another woman being sexually assaulted and screaming for help. As they pulled up to a nearby alley, Damond came up to the car which startled the officers, which caused Noor to draw his gun and shoot Damond.
Prosecutors had argued Noor acted with a “depraved mind, without regard for human life,” because his fatal shot at Damond could have also wounded Harrity or a passing bicyclist. The city of Minneapolis agreed to a $20 million settlement with Damond’s family.
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