Update: Officer Arrested on Murder Charge
Officer Mohamed Noor who shot and killed Justine Damond last July has been arrested and is listed as being charged with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree mansalughter charges in connection with the case. He is being held in the Hennepin County Jail on $500,000 bail. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.
If he is convicted of third-degree murder, he could face a maximum of 25 years in prison.It's possible that a judge could issue a sentence ranging from about 10 ½ to 15 years. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
In the criminal complaint, it says he recklessly fired his hand gun and did not confirm a threat that force was justified.
According to KSTP her family issued the following.
Justine’s family in Australia and the US applaud today’s decision to criminally charge Officer Noor with Justine’s murder as one step toward justice for this iniquitous act. While we waited over eight months to come to this point, we are pleased with the way a grand jury and County Attorney Mike Freeman appear to have been diligent and thorough in investigating and ultimately determining that these charges are justified. We remain hopeful that a strong case will be presented by the prosecutor, backed by verified and detailed forensic evidence, and that this will lead to a conviction. No charges can bring our Justine back. However, justice demands accountability for those responsible for recklessly killing the fellow citizens they are sworn to protect, and today’s actions reflect that.