A former Florida police officer, namely Nouman Raja, 41, has been sentenced to prison for 25 years after being arrested for shooting a driver, whose car had broken down, to death.
Circuit Judge Joseph Marx issued the sentence Thursday, April 25, to the Palm Beach Gardens officer who was found guilty of killing of Corey Jones, 31, on October 18, 2015.
Marx said in a statement,
"This has been a heartbreaking case. I think it has had a profound effect on every single person who sat through this trial."
Corey was heading home from a nightclub performance when he pulled off his car to the side of the road after it broke down.
Nouman approached him and found that Corey, who had a concealed-weapons permit, was carrying a handgun.
The victim was on his phone when they encountered. He was talking to a tow-truck dispatcher and the call was recorded. Nouman was not aware of the recording.
Nouman is heard asking Corey, "You good?" He responded, "Yeah."
The officer suddenly shouts at Corey to raise his hands to which he responded, "Hold on!"
Corey reportedly pulled his gun and tried to run away after which Nouman fired three shots and the driver ran down an embankment. He then threw his gun, but the officer fired three more times.
The officer was charged with manslaughter and attempted murder.
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