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Sunday, November 2, 2008

[CA] Slain Police Officer Kaliah Harper's ex sentenced to 38 years

...Judge Allan Carter sentenced Hinton to 38 years in prison, prompting Harper's relatives to leap to their feet from the courtroom gallery. Harper's mother, Beverly Moore, shouted, "Yes!" and began sobbing...


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Ex-boyfriend gets 38 years for killing officer
San Francisco Chronicle
Henry K. Lee hlee@sfchronicle.com
Saturday, November 1, 2008
[Excerpts] An unrepentant Vallejo man insisted Friday that he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his ex-girlfriend, an off-duty Richmond police officer, outside a funeral in 2006. Quartus Hinton, 29, a parolee with a lengthy criminal record, made his case before a Solano County judge before being sentenced to 38 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. As he began speaking in a Vallejo courtroom, the mother of Kaliah Harper, the woman he killed, turned around in her seat and covered her ears. She soon walked out. "I'm truly a man of love, not hatred," Hinton said. He insisted he had killed Harper because she and family members were conspiring to kill him. He offered his condolences only to relatives of Harper who were "not directly involved or in the loop" of the supposed plot... Judge Allan Carter sentenced Hinton to 38 years in prison, prompting Harper's relatives to leap to their feet from the courtroom gallery. Harper's mother, Beverly Moore, shouted, "Yes!" and began sobbing. Moments earlier, Moore said in court, "Kaliah was a great daughter. He just took her life and destroyed our lives." After the hearing, Moore said, "It should have been first-degree murder. But at least he got the maximum amount. I don't have my child and will never have her. That's it." Harper, 28, attended De Anza High School in Richmond and Cal State Sacramento before graduating at the top of her class at Napa Valley College Police Academy. She was promoted to the Richmond police narcotics task force while still a probationary hire. She made 350 arrests and received 12 letters of commendation praising her work... Police believe Hinton shot Harper because she broke up with him... [Full article here]


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