The Latest: Victim's family gets justice in Katrina shooting

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Posted: Apr 20, 2016 4:03 PM
The Latest: Victim's family gets justice in Katrina shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on five former New Orleans police officers who have pleaded guilty in the deadly Danziger Bridge shootings after Hurricane Katrina (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The brother of a man killed by New Orleans police amid the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina says he is glad that the former officers involved in the shooting have admitted guilt.

Lance Madison was with his mentally disabled brother, Ronald, when the shooting broke out on the Danziger bridge less than a week after Katrina-related levee failures inundated the city in 2005. Madison was in court Wednesday when four former officers pleaded guilty in connection with the shootings that killed his brother and another man. Another ex-officer pleaded guilty in the cover up.

Although Lance Madison said justice was served in the case, he also said in a statement that the prison time the officers will serve "will never be enough to make up for what they did."

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12:50 p.m.

Five former police officers have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina.

In exchange for the pleas, the ex-officers will see drastically less prison time.

The officers were convicted in 2011 but U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt set aside the jury's verdict two years later because of federal prosecutors' misconduct — including anonymous online comments about the case.

Four of the former officers have been locked up for nearly six years while the fifth has been out on bond.

The plea deal calls for them to get credit for time served and they could be released from prison anywhere from the next one to six years.

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1:05 p.m.

Five former New Orleans police officers say in court that they will plead guilty to reduced charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days that followed Hurricane Katrina.

The judge had set aside their earlier convictions amid a misconduct scandal over online comments by federal prosecutors. The officers said in court Wednesday that they will plead guilty under an agreement that calls for sentences that could see most of them released from prison in the next one to six years.

The court proceeding is still under way.

The guilty pleas come after the shooting deaths of two unarmed people and the wounding of four others on the New Orleans bridge less than a week after levee failures swamped the city.