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Ex-trooper gets 90 days in shooting

June 29, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A former state trooper was sentenced in Springdale to 90 days in jail for shooting to death an unarmed, mentally disabled man he mistook for a fugitive.

Larry Norman, 41, pleaded guilty in May to misdemeanor negligent homicide and admitted he mistakenly shot Joseph Erin Hamley, 21, as Hamley lay on the ground.

Norman, who could have received up to a year, was ordered to jail immediately, but will be freed for 10 days beginning today to get his affairs in order. He also must serve a year of probation and 30 days of community service at a school for the disabled.

"I made a mistake. Erin Hamley didn't deserve to die. There's nothing I can do to bring him back," Norman said.

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