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A former Florida policeman was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday, after he was convicted of fatally shooting stranded motorist Corey Jones three years ago.
Nouman Raja, 41, was found guilty on charges of manslaughter and attempted-first degree murder by a jury last month, following four hours of deliberation.
Shooting - October - Raja - Officer - Palm
The fatal shooting occurred on October 18, 2015, after Raja - once an officer of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department - approached Jones, 31, during a plainclothes patrol in the early hours of the morning.
He drove his unmarked the and stopped feet away from the housing inspector and part-time drummer, whose SUV had stalled on a darkened highway ramp.
Prosecutors - Raja - Cop - Jones
Prosecutors said Raja never said he was a cop and acted so aggressively that Jones had to think he was about to be carjacked or killed.
Jones, a concealed weapons permit holder, then grabbed his gun and ran, before Raja fired upon him several times and fatally struck him through the heart.
Prosecutors - Raja - Interaction
Prosecutors said Raja escalated what should've otherwise been a routine interaction.
‘This has been a heart-breaking case,’ Circuit Judge Joseph Marx said before handing down the sentence.
Statement - Moments - Clinton - Jones - Sr
The statement came moments after Clinton Jones Sr., Corey’s father, said he can’t bear to delete his son’s contact number from his phone, even now, three-and-a-half years on from his death.
Raja’s manslaughter count carried a potential punishment of up to 30 years, and the attempted murder charge was punishable by up to 25.
Jones - Aunt - Godmother - Sheila - Banks
Jones’ maternal aunt and godmother, Sheila Banks, urged the judge to keep the shamed police officer ‘in prison for the rest of his natural life’.
Raja previously claimed that Jones had pulled a...
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