Va. of­fi­cer gets 2.5 years in shoot­ing of un­armed teen

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A Vir­ginia judge sen­tenced a white, for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer to 2½ years in prison Wednes­day for fa­tally shoot­ing an un­armed black teen sus­pected of sho­plift­ing.

Me­dia out­lets re­port that Cir­cuit Judge Johnny Mor­ri­son sen­tenced Stephen Rankin to the max­i­mum rec­om­men­da­tion from the jury that con­victed the for­mer Portsmouth of­fi­cer of vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter in the death of 18-year-old Wil­liam Chap­man II. Mor­ri­son couldn’t in­crease the rec­om­mended sen­tence, but could have re­duced it. He de­nied de­fense at­tor­neys’ re­quest that Rankin re­main free on bond dur­ing his ap­peal.

After the sen­tence was handed down, Rankin said he was deeply sorry and never meant to hurt any­one. The teen’s mother, Sallie Chap­man, said Rankin’s apol­ogy rang hol­low. “You’re not sorry for me. You’re sorry for you,” she said out­side the court­room. “That man de­serves to be ex­actly where he’s at.”

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