For the first time in nearly 30 years, a Florida police officer was sentenced to in prison Thursday for an on-duty fatal shooting. Former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja was sentenced to 25 years after being convicted in March of manslaughter and attempted first-degree murder for the 2015 shooting of Corey Jones, a 31-year-old African-American drummer whose SUV had broken down on an interstate.
Circuit Judge Joseph Marx could have given Raja a life sentence. Marx imposed a 25-year sentences on both convictions, to be served concurrently, following emotional statements from family and friends of both Jones and Raja. Marx called the case "heartbreaking."
Raja must serve out the full 25 years, reports CBS affiliate WPEC-TV. His lawyers plan to appeal.