(PM) — Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced on Friday to 12 and half years in prison for the 2017 lethal shooting of Justine Damond, an unarmed Australian woman who had telephoned 911 to describe a possible sexual assault.
A jury in April convicted Noor, 33, on counts of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
He was found not guilty of second-degree murder and was facing 11 to 15 years in prison, per state sentencing guidelines.
Before the incident, Noor had been praised by city officials after becoming the area’s first Somali American police officer in a state with a large Somali population. He is now is the first officer in Minnesota to be sentenced in an on-duty shooting in decades.
During the trial, Noor ended 18 months of silence following the 2017 shooting to declare about the moment he opened fire on Damond, a 40-year-old yoga teacher and life coach betrothed to her American fiancé, Don Damond. She was one month away from getting married when Noor murdered her.