March 10, 2014
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) -- A jury is recommending three years in prison for a former Culpeper police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman.
Media reports say the jury delivered its recommendations Friday in the trial of Daniel Harmon-Wright. The punishment is on the low end of sentencing guidelines.
Tuesday, jurors convicted the defendant of voluntary manslaughter in the Feb. 9, 2012, death of Patricia Ann Cook. He said he shot Cook after she attempted to drive away in her vehicle with his arm caught in the window.
Culpeper County Circuit Judge Susan Whitlock on Friday denied a motion that had been brought Wednesday by attorneys for Harmon-Wright. They said jurors who convicted Harmon-Wright consulted a dictionary to guide their deliberations on the meaning of "malice," indicating they were confused about jury instructions.