Police officer jailed for 55 years after shooting Jeremy Mardis, 6, dead

Jeremy Mardis
Jeremy Mardis

source: The Metro
published: 31 March 2017

A police officer has been jailed for 55 years after shooting and killing a six-year-old boy. Louisiana law enforcement officer, Derrick Stafford, was sentenced today – one week after being convicted of manslaughter.

Stafford was convicted in the November 2015 shooting that killed Jeremy Mardis and critically wounded his father after a two-mile car chase in Marksville.

The six-year-old, who had autism, was shot dead in the shooting that defence lawyers described as ‘self-defence’.

The head of Louisiana State Police said the bodycam video which showed officers firing at the car was the most disturbing thing he’d seen.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jeff Landry says Stafford was sentenced to 40 years for manslaughter and 15 years for attempted manslaughter. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

Video from a police officer’s body camera shows the boy’s father, Christopher Few, had his hands raised inside his vehicle. Despite this, Stafford and a second deputy city marshal collectively fired 18 shots at the vehicle.

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