Louisiana officer convicted of manslaughter in death of 6-year-old boy



Marksville, LA (PPN) – Louisiana officer Derrick Stafford, 33, was convicted Friday night of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in a 10-2 vote by an Avoyelles Parish jury. He was one of the two cops arrested in the 2015 incident.

Stafford fired 14 shots into a van driven by an unarmed white man with his hands raised but he wound up killing a 6-year-old boy with autism.

After the verdict, he spent 20 minutes kissing his wife and saying goodbye to his family. Stafford is set to be sentenced on Friday, March 31, 2017. He is facing up to 60 years in prison.

Manslaughter gives a minimum of 20 years and 40 years maximum. Attempted manslaughter is up to a 20 year sentence.

He was taken into custody by Avolyelles Parish Sheriff’s deputies moments after a jury convicted him for the death of Jeremy Mardis, 6, and attempted manslaughter of his father, Christopher Few.

Norris Greenhouse, 25, was the other officer involved in the shooting. Greenhouse fired 18 shots at Few’s van. He is set for a separate trail on June 12, 2017.

Stafford reportedly cried in court when prosecutors showed him pictures of the slain boy, saying, “Never in a million years would I have fired my weapon if I knew a child was in that car. I would have called off the pursuit myself.”

Both Stafford and Greenhouse have been sued before over separate claims of excessive force or bad police work. Stafford was suspended from the Marksville Police Department in 2011 after he was indicted on rape charges, but got his job back after the charges were dismissed, the Guardian reports.
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