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Ex-officer gets 14 years for killing unarmed black man

Jurors have begun deliberations in the perjury trial of Representative Barry Moore from Enterprise.
Jurors have begun deliberations in the perjury trial of Representative Barry Moore from Enterprise.

A white former Alabama police officer who killed an unarmed black man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Former Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith was sentenced Wednesday.

A jury in November found Smith guilty of manslaughter for the 2016 shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn. Smith shot and killed Gunn after he fled from a stop-and-frisk.

The defense maintained that Smith fired in self-defense because Gunn was grabbing a painter’s pole from a porch, but prosecutors said Gunn was never a threat. 

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