Judge schedules Thompson's sentencing hearing for November

Judge schedules Thompson's sentencing hearing for November

Judge schedules Thompson's sentencing hearing for November

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by Shawn Chitnis & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 12:29 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Sentencing for a former Spokane police officer convicted of excessive force and lying to federal investigators is expected to happen this fall.

Karl Thompson was convicted last year after the deadly beating of Otto Zehm.

Thompson was in court for Friday's hearing.

Prosecutors suggested a sentencing hearing 45 days from now, and the defense agreed. Judge Van Sickle set the sentencing date for Nov. 15.

U.S. Attorneys anticipate two to three witnesses, while the defense said they will have between three and five. Each side said it will need a half a day in court.

Defense attorneys said they plan to ask for the sentence to be below the recommended guidelines. Federal prosecutors have requested six to eight years in prison for Thompson.

Judge Van Sickle will allow the Zehm family to be a part of the proceedings after a request from the family attorney.

 

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