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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison for shooting death of Justine Damond

Noor was found guilty of murder on April 30.
Mohamed Noor

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. 

The 33-year-old learned of his sentence during a court appearance Friday at 11 a.m., which was the result of a jury finding him guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Justine Damond. 

The 12 1/2-year prison term is on par with what Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said was the presumptive sentence for the murder conviction, which carried a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. 

Trial leads to conviction

Noor had pleaded not guilty to all three charges, claiming he acted in self-defense on the night of the shooting.

The trial came to a close April 30 with closing arguments from the prosecution and defense, which came after Noor took the stand April 26-27 to speak for the first time about the night he shot Damond – July 15, 2017 – in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Damond called police to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home, and both Noor and his partner Matthew Harrity testified during the trial that they heard a "thump" on their vehicle prior to the shooting.

Harrity testified that he saw a silhouette and feared an ambush in the alleyway where Noor pulled the trigger, with Noor saying he took a "split-second" decision, believing they were under a threat.

After realizing who he'd shot, Noor said that he felt like his "whole world came crashing down," according to the Star Tribune, which notes that Noor's defense team argued that the bang on the officers' squad car was sufficient to cause the pair to fear for their lives.

The prosecution, however, interviewed use of force experts, who criticized Noor's decision to pull the trigger and said that no officer should have reasonably believed there was a threat.

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