Family of slain motorist celebrates after officer sentenced

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The family of a black motorist celebrated after the Florida police officer who killed him received a 25-year sentence.

Corey Jones’s family sang the gospel song “Victory is Mine” as they walked away from a Florida courthouse on Thursday.

Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja became the first Florida law enforcement agent in nearly 30 years to be convicted and sentenced for an on-duty killing — and one of only a few officers nationwide.

The 41-year-old officer told investigators he fired after Jones pulled a gun on him, but an audiotape of their encounter led prosecutors and jurors to believe Raja instigated their altercation.

Judge Joseph Marx could have given Raja life imprisonment on his manslaughter and attempted murder convictions.

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