One problem first Texas police shot dead Atatiana Jefferson inside her Fort Worth home was sentenced to up to 12 years in prison, a figure that disappointed the victim’s family in terms of justice.
Back in October 2019, Dean AaronA white man, shot and killed Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, while responding to a “call to open the door” because her front door was open.
Killer Cop Found guilty of manslaughter – And not murder – With juries unanimously convicting him
Her grandson, Zion, who was 8 years old at the time of the shooting, was in the home when Jefferson was shot dead.
Earlier this month, Dean was found guilty of manslaughter – not murder – which could extend his sentence at least 20 years, Shade room previous report.
Instead, a Tarrant County jury unanimously sentenced him to 11 years, 10 months and 12 days in prison, after a day and a half of deliberation, according to Fox affiliate Dallas-Fort Worth KDFW.
The jury found officer Aaron Dean guilty of manslaughter after he shot Atatiana Jefferson through her back window.
A psychologist who assessed him before he was hired said he was a narcissist and that he was psychologically unfit to be a cop. Fort Worth still hires him. pic.twitter.com/GJjj8Y8wQI
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Ashley Carr, Jefferson’s sister, reacted to the sentence after the gag order was lifted, and said that although the family expected Dean to receive more jail time, the fact that the trial was over made them feel a little lighter.
Jefferson’s family wished for more jail time, but expressed relief that the ordeal was over
“Do we want more time? Yes, we will. But that’s what the jury decided,” Carr said as he stood outside Jefferson’s home, according to the news station.
“These are tough people,” she continued. “These three years have been difficult.”
However, Carr added that there is some implication to the sentence, noting that Zion is now 11, saying “there is a message in this.”
“Eleven years old is the same age as Zion. 10, 12 days, that’s the day it happened. There’s a message in it,” she said, according to KDFW. “It may not be the message we wanted and the whole dream, but it’s part of it.”
A Texas grand jury convicted a former Fort Worth police officer #AaronDean received more than 11 years in prison for shooting people to death #Aatiana Jefferson in October 2019. pic.twitter.com/KbFwVXsGkc
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Meanwhile, the family’s attorney called the verdict “a relief.”
“It’s not quite the justice we all think Atatiana deserves, but it does represent a historic moment in Fort Worth and Tarrant County,” attorney Lee Merritt said, according to KDFW.
Family plans to file federal charges against Dean, who will be released on parole after serving half of his sentence
The outlet reports that Merritt and Jefferson intend to file federal charges against Dean, who is expected to be released on parole after serving only half of his sentence, or a little over five years.
If he appeals, Dean will remain in prison for the duration of that proceeding.
Jefferson’s sister went on to say that her disgust for Dean turned into pity.
“I have loathed the idea of you and your family taking the holidays for the past three years. I just came in pity today,” Carr said in a text message to Dean, KERA News report.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A former Texas police officer was convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead Atatiana Jefferson, a black woman, through her window in 2019. pic.twitter.com/OgLJZRFaEY
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The victim’s sister released a statement about the emotional impact of the victim, adding that Dean would never “really repent”
She added that the ex-cop will likely never “really repent” and noted, “I’m sorry for your ignorance. You do not know enough to be ashamed.
Carr called his late sister “a beautiful flower just beginning to bloom” in an emotional impact statement. NBC News.
“My sister did nothing wrong. She’s in her home, which should be the safest place for her.”
Dean’s attorney, Bob Gill, tried to turn the situation around during arguments last weekend, claiming he was acting in self-defense and that Jefferson stripped her of her rights after aiming a gun. shotgun at him, according to the WFAA.
“A tragedy is not always a crime; it’s not always against the law,” Dean’s attorney said in closing remarks. “She [Atatiana] pointed a gun at a Fort Worth police officer… the rights stop there,” Gill said. “It’s a crime and it’s an illegal act.”
Dean did not immediately respond to a request for comment, EVERYONE report.