The former Minnesota cop convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed Australian bride-to-be was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison on Friday.
Mohamed Noor, 33, was convicted in July on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
“I have lived with this and I will continue to live with this,” Noor told the court at his sentencing. “I caused this tragedy and it is my burden. I wish though that I could relieve that burden others feel from the loss that I caused. I cannot, and that is a troubling reality for me.”
Ruszczyk Damond had called 911 in July 2017 to report a possible rape-in-progress near her Minneapolis home.
Noor and another officer were responding to Ruszczyk Damond’s call when she approached the squad car to speak to his partner, who was in the driver’s seat.
Noor testified at the trial that he fired at the woman because he heard a loud bang on the driver’s door and wanted to save the partner’s life.
The death of Ruszczyk Damond ignited outrage in the US and in Australia, where she has dual citizenship, over questions about how her 911 call for help turned fatal.
Before his sentencing, Noor filed a motion asking a judge to lock him up for week-long stints that overlap with the slain woman’s birthday and the anniversary of her death. As part of the bizarre proposal, he said he would serve the two weeks of the year at a low-security correctional facility workhouse.
“This sentence honors the memory of Ms. Ruszczyk and allows Mr. Noor to continue to serve the city,” his lawyers wrote, according to KTSP. “Just as importantly, it mandates that Mr. Noor will continue to consider his action and the great loss they caused.”
Under state guidelines, Moor faced 12.5 years on the third-degree murder charge, but a judge could impose an additional 11 to 15 years without providing justification.
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