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Minnesota High Court casts murder over Mohamed Noor, former Minneapolis police officer

Minnesota High Court casts murder over Mohamed Noor, former Minneapolis police officer

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday referred to the third-degree murder of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor who shot a 911 caller dead four years ago.

Noor was also convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond on July 15, 2017, and that sentence still stands.

The former officer will be convicted again for the manslaughter sentence alone, as opposed to the 12 1/2 year sentence handed to him in 2019 for murder.

Noor is now looking at a sentence of between 41 months and 57 months for the smaller sentence, a spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said.

If he is hit by a four-year manslaughter period, the former officer should be eligible for release after making two-thirds of that time and going free late this year, Noor’s appeals lawyer Peter Wold said.

Noor has been behind bars since he was convicted on April 30, 2019.

“I spoke to Mo this morning. It’s relief, great relief,” Wold told NBC News. “He has a young son and it’s time for them to get back together.”

The High Court found that prosecutors did not prove that Noor had acted with a “corrupt mind without regard for human life” that would be necessary for the third-degree murder.

This law has always been used in cases where a defendant is accused of endangering several people and not targeting a single person, according to the court.

Prosecutors had argued that Noor fit that description because his fatal shot at Damond could also have injured the officer’s partner or a passing cyclist.

The court ruled that it was clear that Noor was only targeting the woman he killed.

“In summary, our precedent confirms that Noor is right in arguing that a person does not commit murder with a depraved mind when the person’s actions are directed at a particular victim,” according to Chief Justice Lorie Gildea.

Johanna Morrow plays didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Damond on August 11, 2017 at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.Aaron Lavinsky / Star Tribune via AP file

“The exclusion of a particular person is simply another way of saying that the mental state of murder with a corrupt mind is a general evil.”

Damond had called 911 that night and thought she heard a woman in her neighborhood being assaulted. When Damond went outside to greet police, she startled the responding officers, Noor and partner Matthew Harrity, officers said.

Noor fired a shot and killed the innocent 911 caller Damond. Police could never conclude that there had been an assault in Damond’s neighborhood.

Hennepin County Attorney Michael O. Freeman said his prosecutors are “disappointed” with Wednesday’s decision, but they “respect and recognize that the Minnesota Supreme Court is the final judge in this matter.”

“His (manslaughter) conviction was fair,” Freeman said in a statement. “The case has been sent back to the district court for sentencing and we will seek the maximum penalty.”

The chief judge said the court and prosecutors agree that “Noor’s decision to shoot a deadly weapon, simply because he was startled, was disproportionate and unreasonable.”

“Noor’s behavior is particularly worrying given the trust that citizens must be able to have in our peace officers,” Gildea wrote. “But the tragic circumstances of this case do not change the fact that Noor’s conduct was specifically directed at Ruszczyk.”

The city of Minneapolis agreed to a $ 20 million settlement with the woman’s family. She was a dual citizen of the United States and Australia.

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