11/05/2010

Mehserle to be sentenced today

Depending on the interpretation of the verdict, he could get probation or years in prison

By Demian Bulwa
The San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — A trial was held and a verdict reached. But as a judge prepares to sentence former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle on Friday for killing an unarmed rider, the prosecution and defense are still fighting over who won the hearts of jurors on the case's key question.

Prosecutors say Mehserle should be sentenced for intentionally shooting Oscar Grant during an arrest on Jan. 1, 2009, at the Fruitvale Station in Oakland. The defense says he should be sentenced for a tragic accident that occurred when he confused his Taser with his gun.

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