“These factors of endangering the public make your crime of manslaughter appropriate for a high-end” of the sentencing guidelines, sy het gese.
Noor’s lawyer argued at trial that a “perfect storm” of events led to the officer opening fire on Ruszczyk, who had called 911 the night of July 15, 2017, to report a possible assault in progress in an alley behind her home.
Noor feared for his partner’s life, he testified, as Ruszczyk approached their squad car in an alley. But Hennepin County prosecutors argued Noor overreacted and failed to properly assess the situation before firing a gunshot into Ruszczyk’s abdomen.
The death of Ruszczyk, who moved to Minneapolis from her native Australia to live with her fiancé, attracted widespread attention in both the United States and Australia.
Ruszczyk’s fiancé, Dan Damond, appearing in court via video call, publicly forgave Noor on Thursday, saying it was what Ruszczyk herself would do.
“Justine was and is still my greatest teacher,” Damond said. “Given her example, I want you to know that I forgive you, Mohamed. All I ask is that you use this experience to do good for other people. Be an example of how to transform beyond adversity.”
Prior to his resentencing, Noor said he was “deeply grateful” for Damond’s forgiveness and apologized for the pain he’d caused Ruszczyk’s family.