Judge reduces conviction in stairwell death case

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New York City police officer Peter Liang sits in court as testimony is read back for jurors during deliberations in his trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court February 10, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Liang is on trial for the shooting death of Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a housing project in November 2014. (Photo by Byron Smith-Pool/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has reduced the manslaughter conviction of a former New York City police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell.

Brooklyn state Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun ruled Tuesday that ex-officer Peter Liang’s conviction should be cut to the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.

A jury convicted Liang this winter of manslaughter in the 2014 death of Akai Gurley. The verdict marked the first conviction of a New York City police officer in an on-duty shooting since 2005.

The 28-year-old rookie officer was patrolling the inside of a public housing complex when he opened the stairwell door and fired once. The bullet ricocheted and hit Gurley.

The DA’s office says it will appeal the judge’s decision.

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  • Tommy K.

    I thought this was going to be an article about Gilmore. Fox17 tricked me with a non-local news story again. :(