Ex-officer to be sentenced Friday in shooting case

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- A former Phoenix police officer will be sentenced Friday afternoon after being convicted of assault then reaching a deal to avoid another trial.

Richard Chrisman was convicted of aggravated assault in September, but jurors failed to reach verdicts on second-degree murder and animal cruelty charges.

A retrial was set for January, but in a deal with prosecutors Chrisman pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He was accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man and his dog during a 2010 domestic violence call.

He faces anywhere from five to 15 years in prison for the assault and seven to 14 years for manslaughter, but both sentences will run concurrently.

Chrisman says it was self-defense but another officer told jurors the situation had been defused before Christmas shot the man.

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