Vic­tim’s fam­ily calls ex-cop’s 15-year sen­tence too short

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

DAL­LAS » A Texas jury gave a white former po­lice of­fi­cer too le­nient of a pun­ish­ment when sen­tenc­ing him to 15 years for the shoot­ing death of an un­armed black teenager who was in a car leav­ing a house party, the vic­tim’s fam­ily mem­bers said.

Roy Oliver fired into the car filled with teens the night of the April 2017 party in sub­ur­ban Dal­las, killing 15-year- old Jor­dan Ed­wards.

“He can ac­tu­ally see life again af­ter 15 years, and that’s not enough be­cause Jor­dan can’t see life again,” Ed­wards’ step­mother, Char­maine Ed­wards, said of Oliver af­ter he was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day night.

She praised the work of pros­e­cu­tors as well as the jury’s de­ci­sion to con­vict Oliver of mur­der Tues­day. But she wanted that same jury to send Oliver to prison for a longer pe­riod.

Daryl Washington, an at­tor­ney for Ed­wards’ fa­ther, said the sen­tence could have been longer but still sends a mes­sage.

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