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US opposes withdrawal of guilty plea in officer's shooting

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, February 09 2019 Feb 9, 2019 February 09, 2019 3:12 PM February 09, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors oppose a man's effort to withdraw his guilty plea on charges related to the 2016 shooting of a Louisiana law officer.
Jarvis Hardy recently moved to withdraw his guilty plea on drug and firearm charges. The plea was part of a deal that included dropping of an attempted murder charge and a major firearms charge in the shooting of federal task force member Stephen Arnold. Hardy's motion says he accepted the deal and a negotiated 35-year sentence because he faced a minimum 45-year sentence if convicted as charged.
Now, his lawyers say changes in federal law could mean a lower minimum sentence.
Prosecutors say in a Friday filing that Hardy made the plea knowingly and that it should stand.
A hearing is set for Thursday.

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