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Ex-officer gets 25 years for shooting stranded motorist

5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, April 25 2019 Apr 25, 2019 April 25, 2019 2:23 PM April 25, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a stranded black motorist in 2015.

Judge Joseph Marx sentenced fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja on Thursday in the killing of 31-year-old Corey Jones.

Raja was convicted last month of manslaughter and attempted murder in Jones’ death. Marx imposed a sentence of 25 years on each count, to be served concurrently.

The 41-year-old officer was in plain clothes and driving an unmarked van when he confronted Jones, a black drummer whose SUV had broken down as he returned from a late-night performance.

Prosecutors persuaded jurors that Raja never identified himself as a police officer and acted aggressively, causing Jones to pull his legal handgun thinking he was being robbed. The altercation was audio recorded by a tow-truck dispatcher Jones had been talking with.

Raja appeared in shackles and a dark blue jail jumpsuit. The courtroom was packed with supporters of both men and guarded by about 20 sheriff’s deputies.

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