NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest on the federal resentencing hearing of Gregory McRae, a former New Orleans police officer convicted in connection with burning the body of a man who had been shot by another officer following Hurricane Katrina (all times local):
A judge has shaved more than five years from the 17-year sentence of an ex-police officer who burned a shooting victim's body after Hurricane Katrina.
Gregory McCrae's resentencing was necessary because an appeals court had tossed part of his conviction for burning a car containing the body of Henry Glover. Glover had been shot by another officer and federal authorities say he burned the body to cover up the shooting.
In sentencing McRae to 11 years and nine months, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk rejected defense calls for a more lenient sentence. Defense lawyer Michael Fawer argued that Glover was mentally unsound when he burned the car — and that he did not realize Glover was shot by another police officer.
McRae has already served five years.
A psychologist has told a federal judge that a former police officer was suffering post-traumatic stress disorder in 2005 when he burned a car containing the body of a shooting victim.
The former police officer, Gregory McRae, was in court Thursday seeking a reduction in a 17-year sentence on charges related to the burning of the car four days after Hurricane Katrina.
McRae's defense attorney says McRae did not realize at the time that the victim in the car, Henry Glover, had been killed by another police officer. The defense argues the burning was an irrational act by a mentally disturbed man suffering through the chaotic aftermath of the storm.
Prosecutors say McRae did realize that Glover had been shot by police and understood that the burning was wrong.
A former New Orleans police officer is about to learn whether he will get time cut from his 17-year prison sentence over the burning of a car with a shooting victim's body in it in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
Gregory McRae is scheduled for a Thursday sentencing hearing. He was convicted on four charges involving the burning of a car containing the body of Henry Glover. Glover was shot to death by another police officer in the chaotic days of flooding following the 2005 storm.
One conviction was thrown out in 2013. Another was thrown out last year, resulting in the latest sentencing hearing.
McRae's lawyer says a reduced sentence on remaining counts is warranted because McRae was mentally disturbed at the time of the burning.