Former Officer Sentenced For Corey Jones Shooting
A former Florida police officer will spend 25 years behind bars for the fatal shooting of a black man. WSVN reports that Officer Nouman Raja was sentenced by Circuit Judge Joseph Marx Thursday while family and friends of Corey Jones, looked on.
Raja, 41, was convicted last month of manslaughter and attempted murder in Jones’ 2015 death. What should’ve been a routine traffic stop escalated into a deadly shooting when he encountered Jones whose SUV had stalled on a dark highway ramp. Jones questioned who Officer Raja was when he approached him because he was wearing street clothes and driving an unmarked police car.
Jones reportedly thought he was being robbed and tried to run away. Officer Raja fired six shots, three of which hit Jones, the fatal one in the heart. Prosecutors said his actions created the confrontation and showed “culpable negligence.”
And while Jones’ family wanted a life in prison sentence, Raja becomes the first Florida officer in nearly 30 years to be convicted and sentenced for an on-duty killing.
We pray for peace for Corey Jones’ family.