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Ex-Minneapolis police officer resentenced for second-degree manslaughter in fatal shooting of yoga teacher in 2017

Randy Mancini 12 October 21, 2021
FILE - In this Friday, April 26, 2019, file photo, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walks to court in Minneapolis. The city of Minneapolis is paying $20 million to settle a lawsuit over Noor's fatal shooting of the unarmed Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible crime. Mayor Jacob Frey announced the settlement Friday, three days after a jury convicted Noor of murder and manslaughter in the 2017 death of Damond. Frey called the settlement "a way for our city to move forward." (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP, File)

In this Friday, April 26, 2019, file photo, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walks to court in Minneapolis. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP, File)

A former Minneapolis police officer has been resentenced for second-degree manslaughter for the killing of a yoga teacher.

A judge on Thursday handed down a 57-month sentence for Mohammad Noor after the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed Noor’s third-degree murder conviction. The former officer is accused of fatally shooting Justine Damond when she approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Noor was originally sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for third-degree murder, but the Supreme Court clarified what constitutes as third-degree murder and ultimately decided that the ruling could be overturned.

The judge announced the resentence after listening to impact statements from her family.

“In our opinion, he should stay longer in prison than the 12.5 years. Since that will not happen, we believe he should serve the sentence that comes as close as possible to the one first imposed upon him,” Damond’s family said to the court. “The maximum term of 57 months is the proper outcome of this resentence hearing.”

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Ruszczyk Damond at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. The city of Minneapolis is paying $20 million to settle a lawsuit over former police officer Mohamed Noor's fatal shooting of the unarmed Damond who approached his squad car after calling 911 to report a possible crime. Mayor Jacob Frey announced the settlement Friday, May 3, 2019, three days after a jury convicted Noor of murder and manslaughter in the 2017 death of Damond. Frey called the settlement "a way for our city to move forward." (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)

In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Ruszczyk Damond at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Noor could be released as early as late this year if he his granted credit for time served.

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