Kim Potter, Ex-Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright, Sentenced To Only 2 Years In Prison
The former officer said she mistakenly drew her gun instead of her Taser when she fatally shot Wright.
February 18, 2022 at 3:35 pm
Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer convicted in the death of Daunte Wright, has been sentenced to two years in prison. Potter, who fatally shot the 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop in April 2021, was convicted of first-and second-degree manslaughter in December, CNN reports.
Potter will be required to serve two-thirds of her sentencing, but with good behavior she would be eligible for supervised release for the remaining time.
During the sentencing hearing, Katie Wright, Daunte's mom, reflected on Potter referring to her son as "'the driver,' as if killing him wasn't enough to dehumanize him," the New York Post reports.
"She never once said his name, and for that, I'll never be able to forgive you," Katie said, adding that the former officer "didn't even try" to save the 20-year-old.
The former officer argued that she mistakenly drew her gun instead of her Taser when she fatally shot Wright. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison wrote a memo to Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu on Tuesday, asking the court to issue a sentence of 86 months, or seven years and two months. Ellison said the sentence should reflect the "seriousness of the loss of (Wright's) life" as well as Potter's "culpability."
"It must always be remembered first and foremost that this case is about the death of Daunte Wright," the attorney general wrote in the memo, according to CNN.
Ellison described the young father as a "living, breathing human being, who loved, and was loved by his family and friends."
Daunte's father, Arbuey Wright, said Potter should receive the maximum sentence.
During his emotional speech, Arbuey said that Potter "damaged my whole family's heart" when she killed Daunte,
"Everything we do as a family ends in tears because all we have is memories left of our son. What should be happy times turns into sadness," he said, choking up, CNN reports.
Potter's attorneys sought a lesser sentence, pointing to her lack of a criminal record. The attorneys said their client has shown remorse and that she would apologize again at the sentencing.
According to ABC News, Potter faced up to 15 years for the first-degree manslaughter charge and 10 years for the second-degree charge.