Lawyers disappointed for ex-cop sent to prison


Mohamed Noor was sentenced Friday to 12½ years in prison for the shooting.

Philip Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University in OH, who has tracked the arrests from on-duty police shootings from 2005-2019, said only three other officers have been convicted of murder in that period, with an average sentence nearly identical to Noor's.

'The law does not allow license because someone is a good person, ' Quaintance said in imposing a sentence of 150 months. The only thing I can do is try to live my life in a good way going forward.

"I've thought and prayed about this for two years, since the time I took the life of Justine Rusczyk", Noor said as he read a statement in court. "I wish I'll perhaps support that burden others feel of the (loss) I've introduced on", Noor mentioned. "I can not, and that is a troubling reality for me".

"The moment I pulled the trigger, I felt fear". I took great pride in my uniform, in the job and my mission to be a police officer. 'The depth of my error has only increased from that moment on. "Working to save her life and watching her slip away is a feeling I can't explain". It leaves me numb and feeling incredibly lonely, but none of that, none of those words can capture what it truly feels like.

Noor, who has a young son, claimed he was startled.

Prior to the sentencing, prosecutor Amy Sweasy called for the 12.5-year sentence recommended under state guidelines. At the hearing Friday, he addressed the court again to read a letter before receiving his sentence.

Mohamed Noor, 33, a Somali immigrant, was found guilty in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15, 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, 40, who was unarmed. He was sacked from the department in March.

"In my mind I beg you to turn around", he said, speaking of a "lost future" of decades filled with "love, family, joy and laughter". He said Justine was his soul mate and he misses her "every day, every moment".

The incident occurred just one month before the yoga instructor was set to marry her fiancé Don Damond.

Noor testified during his trial that a loud bang on the squad vehicle startled him and his partner, and that he saw a woman at his partner's window raising her arm.

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"I shot because I was protecting my partner Matthew Harrity's life". But prosecutors criticized Noor for shooting without seeing a weapon or Damond's hands, and disputed whether either of them really heard a bang.

In a statement read in court, Ms Damond's father John Ruszczyk today asked for Noor to receive the maximum sentence.

"Justine's loss of life has left me incomplete - it is as if I essentially beget lost a limb or a leg", he stated in an affect assertion. 'I have lost my daughter, I have lost those private conversations over tea'.

Watch the impact statements in the videos below.

The Noor case has been fraught by race from the start.

Noor is black, Muslim and of Somali descent; Ruszczyk was white and from Australia.

Last month, Minneapolis city officials agreed to pay $20 million to settle a civil suit brought by Damond's family.

They've suggested Noor be given probation and be required to spend a week in jail each year on Damond's birthday and the anniversary of her death.

And Noor's conviction came after Jeronimo Yanez, a Latino officer, was cleared of manslaughter in the 2016 death of black motorist Philando Castile in a nearby suburb. Any bigger variation would have required an explanation.

Citing Noor's community service, his clean record and his cooperation with the investigation, Noor's attorneys asked that he be sentenced to at most a year and a day.