SPOKANE, Wash - A former Spokane police officer convicted of using excessive force will be sentenced November 15th.
Karl Thompson's attempt at a new trial ended with a judge's ruling this week. At a status conference Friday, Judge Fred Van Sickle set the date for sentencing.
Thompson was convicted in November 2011 of using excessive force and violating Otto Zehm's civil rights.Thompson sentencing set for November
The two were in a confrontation inside a North Spokane Zip Trip. Zehm died several days later.
In court Friday, the Zehm family said they would like to speak at that hearing. The family's attorney told KXLY4 earlier this week, they're not asking for excessive punishment for Thompson.
"Otto's mom has been clear about not wanting an excessive-type punishment," said Jeffrey Finer, who represents the Zehm family. "This system requires that there be consequences and that there be a punishment phase and we're going to get to it."
Thompson's attorneys also plan to call between three and five witnesses. They expect the sentencing will take the whole day.
Thompson faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. Federal prosecutors say they plan to ask for a sentence in the lower end of the required range.
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