US court orders former officer resentenced in Australian woman’s shooting death

Mohamed Noor’s 12-and-a-half=year prison term is vacated by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – The Minnesota Supreme Court vacated the third-degree murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on Wednesday (Sept 15) and ordered a lower court to resentence him on the lesser manslaughter conviction in the death of Justine Ruszczyk, an Australian-American woman who called 911.

Ruszczyk had called the police on the night of July 15, 2017, after hearing a woman screaming near her home. As she approached the police vehicle, Noor fired his gun at her from the passenger seat.

A jury acquitted him of second-degree murder, but convicted him of third-degree “depraved mind” murder and second-degree manslaughter, and he was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison.

An appeals court upheld the convictions.