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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

[CA] Officer Harper's ex gets manslaughter for killing her

Richmond Police Outraged At Hinton Verdict
FoxReno.com, NV
July 16, 2008
[Excerpts] VALLEJO, Calif. -- A Vallejo man on trial for the shooting death of an off-duty Richmond police officer was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Tuesday after being acquitted of the more serious charge of murder, a verdict that has upset the victim's colleagues on the force. Quartus Hinton, 29, was charged with the murder of Kaliah Harper, 28, outside a Fairfield memorial service on Nov. 24, 2006. The jury also found him guilty of personal use of a firearm, according to Gerry Smith, the judicial assistant for Judge Allan Carter. The jury deliberated more than three days... Everyone at police headquarters in Richmond knew this was a possibility, but no one thought it would really happen. After all, the suspect had confessed to the killing and even admitted to it on the witness stand in court. Many of officer Harper's colleagues are disappointed and they say they're not the only ones unhappy with the verdict... Hinton is now looking at anything from probation to a maximum sentence of 38 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction. Sgt. Peixoto doesn't believe that's nearly enough. "I'd like him to get 75-to-life for the first degree murder, because that's what he was looking at, and that's what he deserves," said the police sergeant. [Full article here]

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