JUST IN: Former Cop Kim Potter Sentenced In Shooting Death Of Daunte Wright
Former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kim Potter has learned her fate Friday morning, as she was sentenced to two years in prison for first and second-degree manslaughter for the death of Daunte Wright.
She will have to spend at least 16 months in prison in accordance with state law, but she will then be eligible for possible supervised release for the remainder of her sentence with good behavior.
“Potter, 49, argued that she had confused her handgun with her taser in the controversial shooting death that ended the life of Wright when she fired a bullet into his chest during a traffic stop,” according to the Daily Wire.
Here’s more from their report on Potter’s sentencing:
Sentencing began at 9 a.m. local time, with prosecutors emphasizing additional factors that could lead to a longer sentence.
Katie Wright, Daunte Wright’s mother, gave the first statement on Friday, according to WCCO-TV. “I’ll never be able to forgive you for what you stole from us,” asking Judge Regina Chu to hold Potter to the “highest accountability.”
“To the family of Daunte Wright, I am so sorry that I brought the death of your son, father, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew and the rest of your family, to your home,” Potter said as she gave a statement in court, CNN reported.
“Katie, I understand a mother’s love, and I am sorry I broke your heart. My heart is broken for all of you. Earlier, when you said that I didn’t look at you during the trial, I don’t believe I had a right to. I didn’t even have a right to be in the same room with you. I am so sorry that I hurt you so badly,” she spoke directly to Wright’s mom.
The December jury decision came after nearly 27 hours of deliberation, concluding just two days before Christmas.
The first-degree charge carries a potential sentence of up to 15 years. The second-degree sentence carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.
According to prosecutors, Potter could have potentially received a sentence of over seven years under state guidelines.