November 6, 2010 by staff
Oscar Grant, UPDATE 16:05 ET After a day of emotional testimony from relatives tears of both Grant and Johannes Mehserle Oscar, reports Radio Youth Judge Robert Perry Mehserle handed a prison sentence of at least two years. Mehserle has already served 146 days in jail.
The AP reported that Mehserle made a ten-minute statement expressing his remorse for the death of Grant. “I want to say how deeply sorry,” the AP reported. “Nothing we say or do not heal the wound. Always regret Mr. Grant taking them.”
After a long summer spent in Los Angeles County Jail, a former BART police Mehserle Johannes is back in the courtroom of Judge Robert Perry today to receive his sentence for the murder of Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009. A Los Angeles jury convicted of manslaughter Mehserle with one count of firearm improvement this summer, and the former officer is now facing 14 years in prison.
Amanda Fuentes, Chimurenga report Thandisizwe Jennifer and Courtney Bay City this morning the judge Perry read a stack of 1,000 letters urging said he received the maximum sentence to Mehserle. Pablo San Jose Mercury News’ reported that Perry Rosynsky was dismayed that many of the people who wrote to him encouraged him to give Mehserle the harshest prison term, but he seemed unfamiliar with legal terminology. No matter what Oscar Grant’s family and members of the community outrage believe their son was killed, Perry insisted that what Mehserle was convicted of manslaughter was a homicide, but not intentional.
The Citizen Bay reports that Perry seemed unlikely that Mehserle grant a new trial because his defense had requested in early October. Mehserle defense demanded a new trial based on new evidence discovered that was said that the confusion-taser gun occurred in the past, contrary to the arguments of the prosecution. Mehserle defense was based on a tale of two points that Oscar Grant and his friends represented a dangerous threat to Mehserle on the train platform, and also that Mehserle accidentally pulled his gun when he intends to draw his taser.
Judge Perry also discussed other post-trial controversy surrounding controversial jury verdict. Mehserle The jury found guilty of manslaughter and improved weapon attached to his office.
In his jury instructions, jurors were told:
If you find that the defendant is guilty of second degree murder or voluntary manslaughter misdemeanor or involuntary, then the people must decide whether the prosecution has proved further that the defendant personally used a firearm during the commission of that crime.
Judge Perry jury instructions told the jury that a person intentionally used his gun if there are weapons “in a threatening manner,” hit someone with a weapon or fired. The conviction then says Mehserle was guilty of accidental homicide, but he knew that he got his gun.
Today, however, Perry seemed receptive to the defense motion to throw the burden of improving gun controversy, which could tack on an additional sentence of ten years in jail jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter conviction. Manslaughter carries only two, three, or four years in prison. Legal experts suggested that if Perry does not pull the gun enhancement, which could allow Mehserle to serve his time for both simultaneously. If Perry pull improving firearm Mehserle could also receive probation.
Mehserle deciding prison term, Perry is expected to weigh the victim impact statements, of which the organized community response is a part. Perry also heard the testimony of Sophina Mesa, Grant’s girlfriend and mother of his daughter, six years old and the mother of Wanda Grant Johnson.
The trial was moved from the Bay Area to Los Angeles because the defense was concerned about the local community interest intense. killing Oscar Grant, who was captured in multiple camera phones and immediately uploaded to YouTube, outraged the community and led to several nights of major protests in the Bay Area.
Grant Mehserle shot in the back while Grant was face down on a train platform. He and his friends had been taken off the BART train for allegedly starting a fight, and several were in the process of being handcuffed when Mehserle drew his pistol from his holster and shot Grant.
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