Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

Mohamed Noor murder sentence overturned

Minneapolis: The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday (Thursday AEST) reversed the third-degree murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman in 2017, saying the charge doesn’t fit the circumstances in the case.

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.Credit:AP

Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual US-Australian citizen who called police to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.

He was sentenced to 12 1/2 years on the murder count but was not sentenced for manslaughter.

The ruling means his murder conviction is overturned and the case will now go back to the district court, where he will be sentenced on the manslaughter count.

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