Bates sen­tenced to 4 years in prison

La Semana - - FRONT PAGE / PORTADA -

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa District Judge Wil­liam Musse­man sen­tenced for­mer Tulsa County Sher­iff’s Re­serve Of­fi­cer Robert Bates to four years in prison on Tues­day.

This was the max­i­mum sen­tence the law al­lows. Bates, 74, was con­victed April 27 of sec­ond-de­gree man­slaugh­ter in the 2015 killing of Eric Har­ris, an un­armed sus­pect who had at­tempted to evade ar­rest in an un­der­cover gun sale sting.

In hand­ing down the four-year sen­tence, Judge Musse­man noted that it mir­rors the rec­om­men­da­tion of the jury and fac­tors in the find­ings of a pre­sen­tenc­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the wishes of the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

Bates ad­mit­ted killing Har­ris, but said he only meant to stun the sus­pect and mis­tak­enly fired his hand­gun in­stead of his Taser.

Pub­lic out­cry and scru­tiny of the sher­iff’s of­fice in the af­ter­math of Har­ris’ killing set in mo­tion an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that led not just to Bates be­ing charged but ul­ti­mately to the res­ig­na­tion of long­time sher­iff Stan­ley Glanz.

Bates has been in cus­tody in the Tulsa County Jail since his con­vic­tion. (La Semana)

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