Former Minneapolis police officer resentenced to 57 months for manslaughter
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Former Minneapolis police officer resentenced to 57 months for manslaughter

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, whose murder conviction for the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman was overturned last month, has been resentenced to a reduced term of 57 months in prison. He was originally sentenced to 12 and a half years.

Noor fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk, 40, in 2017. Ruszczyk called the police after hearing a woman scream near her home. Noor shot Ruszczyk as she approached the police vehicle.

Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in 2019, but the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned Noor’s third-degree murder conviction last month. The court ordered that Noor be resentenced only on the charge of second-degree manslaughter.

57 months is the maximum sentence for manslaughter. Still, under the sentence, Minnesota inmates with good behavior become eligible for supervised release after serving two-thirds of their sentence. Noor will have served two-thirds of his sentence next June.

The defense requested the minimum 41 months available under the sentencing, asserting that Noor had been a “model prisoner.” When imposing the maximum sentence, Judge Kathryn Quaintance rejected the defense’s request and reasoning. “Mr. Noor, I am not surprised that you have been a model prisoner,” Quaintance said. “However, I do not know any authority that would make that grounds for reducing your sentence.”

Quaintance also emphasized that Noor “shot across the nose” of his partner in the squad car when residents of a nearby house were entertaining on their porch. “These factors of endangering the public make your crime of manslaughter appropriate for high end of the guidelines,” the judge told Noor.