The former Minneapolis suburban police officer who said she mistook the shotgun for her Taser when killing Daunte Wright will be sentenced Friday for manslaughter.
Kim Potter was convicted in December of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 murder of Wright, a 20-year-old Black athlete. She will only be convicted on one count. The most serious is first-degree murder, with a hypothetical punishment of just over seven years in prison.
Prosecutors have said the presumptive sentence is appropriate, while the defense requested a lighter sentence, including a sentence of probation only.
Potter is expected to make a statement at her sentencing hearing before Judge Regina Chu, and her attorneys also plan to read statements from others who support her. The state is planning to release victim impact statements in which victims and family members can talk about how Wright’s death has affected them.
Wright was killed after Brooklyn Center agents pulled him over for having an expired driver’s license card and an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror. The shooting, which occurred in the midst of Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder in the killing of George Floyd, sparked days of protests outside the Central Brooklyn police station marked by tear gas and clashes between protesters and police.
Evidence at Potter’s trial showed that officers knew he had a subpoena for weapons possession and that they attempted to arrest him as he fled. The video shows Potter shouting multiple times that she was going to tease Wright, but she took a gun in her hand and fired one shot into his chest.
For someone with no criminal history, such as Potter, the state sentencing guidelines for first-degree manslaughter require a penalty of a little over six years to about eight and a half years in prison, with Presumptive sentence is more than seven years. .
Prosecutors initially argued that the aggravating circumstances warranting the sentence were above the guideline scope. They say that Potter abused her powers as an officer and that her actions posed a greater-than-normal danger to others.
There is no indication in court filings that they have formally withdrawn that argument, but in a new document they say the presumptive verdict is appropriate and “takes into account key elements of the outcome.” crime: the death of Daunte Wright and the recklessness of Defendant.”
Defense attorneys, seeking a lighter sentence, argued that Wright was the aggressor and that he would have survived if he had obeyed the order. Their argument for probation said she had no criminal record, regrets, had an exemplary career and was supported by family and friends. They also said her risk of recidivism was low because she was no longer a police officer and they said she would do well during her probation.
Prosecutor Matt Frank disagreed but wrote that if the court found the prison was invalid, Potter would receive 10 years of probation and spend a year in prison, speaking to law enforcement about the dangers of prison. danger of mistaking a weapon and talking to Wright’s family. about their loss if they wanted her to.
Frank also disagrees with the defense argument that Potter should be given a sentence that goes under the guidelines. If the court finds that Potter’s case is less serious than a typical first-degree manslaughter case, he writes, it will issue sentences ranging from four years to slightly more than seven years, sentences assumptions for second- and first-degree manslaughter.
In Minnesota, it is assumed that well-behaved inmates will serve two-thirds of their sentences in prison and the remainder are released under supervised release, commonly known as parole. That means that if Potter received a presumptive sentence of about 7 years, she would be incarcerated for about 4 years and 9 months, with the rest being pardoned.
Potter has been at the state women’s prison in Shakopee since the guilty verdict.
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