An Arkansas man was sentenced to two life terms in prison plus an additional 835 years behind bars after he was convicted on Tuesday of fatally shooting an off-duty police officer.
Prosecutors said that Demarcus Donnell Parker, 27, was shooting at rival gang members in April 2018 when a stray bullet struck off-duty Forrest City police officer Oliver Johnson inside his home. However, prosecutors say it is unlikely that Johnson was the target of the gunfire, according to reporting from Fox 11.
A Crittenden County jury convicted Parker of first-degree murder, illegally shooting a weapon from a vehicle, and 21 other related charges in the shooting.
A co-defendant, George Henderson, faces similar charges in the shooting. Henderson has pleaded not guilty.
The conviction comes amid national unrest in the wake of the police incidents with George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The two cases have caused mass protests and riots across the country, many of which have turned violent.
Author: Michael Lee
Source: Washington Examiner: Convicted police killer receives two life sentences and additional 835 years behind bars