Bates sentenced to 4 years in prison
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)