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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. 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer is going to prison for assaulting a handcuffed prisoner.

Federal prosecutors in Montgomery say a judge sentenced former Tallassee police investigator Brandan Smirnoff to nearly two years in prison.

Smirnoff pleaded guilty earlier this year to violating the rights of a 24-year-old man he was arresting in 2016.