Prosecutors Will Not Seek Prison Sentence for Peter Liang

Peter Liang enters the Brooklyn courthouse, in a photo dated February 8, 2016. (Photo credit: Charles Eckert)
Peter Liang enters the Brooklyn courthouse, in a photo dated February 8, 2016. (Photo credit: Charles Eckert)

In a statement given to NBC News this afternoon, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says that he will not seek a prison sentence for former NYPD police officer Peter Liang, convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Akai Gurley last month. Instead, Thompson will ask Judge Danny Chun to sentence Liang to 5 years probation, 6 months of home confinement, and 500 hours of community service. Defending this statement, Thompson wrote that he felt Liang deserved leniency because he does not pose a danger to society.

Chun is scheduled to make a decision on Liang’s sentence on April 14th, and he is almost certain to take into consideration the prosecution’s recommendations.

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