DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (CBS NEWSPATH / KTVT) – Ex-Texas police officer Roy Oliver was sentenced to fifteen years in prison on Wednesday (August 29) for fatally shooting unarmed black teenager Jordan Edwards in a Dallas suburb.
The same jury convicted him of murder the day before and deliberated for twelve hours before deciding on his sentence.
It’s a rare instance of an officer being found guilty of murder in the killing of an unarmed person.
A lawyer for the Edwards family thanked the district attorney’s office.
“They had the courage to take on the bad police officer because of that that in itself is a victory.”
In April 2017, Oliver was responding to reports of underage drinking at a house party in Balch Springs, southeast of Dallas.
Prosecutors say he fired five shots from a rifle into a car full of teens as it was driving away.
Oliver’s defense attorney said the vehicle was a threat to Oliver’s partner and he’d reacted to save him by firing into the car.
Edwards, a 15-year-old standout student-athlete, was struck in the head and later died.