The former suburban Minneapolis police officer who said he mistook her handgun for her Taser when she killed Daunte Wright has been sentenced to two years in prison, a sentence below state guidelines after the judge concluded that mitigating factors warranted a lesser sentence.
Kim Potter was convicted in December of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 murder of Wright, a 20-year-old black motorist. She was only convicted of the most serious charge according to state law.
For someone with no criminal history, like Potter, state guidelines on this charge range from just over six years to around eight and a half years in prison, with the presumed sentence being just over seven years. .
Prosecutors said the alleged sentence was appropriate, but defense attorneys asked for a sentence below the guidelines, including a probation-only sentence.
Wright’s mother said Friday that she will never be able to forgive Potter. Addressing the court during Potter’s sentencing hearing, Katie Wright said she would only call Potter “the defendant” because Potter only called her 20-year-old son “the driver” at trial.
“She never said her name once. And for that, I can never forgive you. And I can never forgive you for what you stole from us,” Wright said in tears.
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