Court upholds Mehserle conviction in Oscar Grant shooting

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published: 8 June 2012

A state appeals court in San Francisco Friday upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle in the killing of an unarmed passenger in 2009.

Mehserle, 30, has already served his sentence for the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant, 22, of Hayward, at BART’s Fruitvale station in Oakland early on New Year’s Day in 2009.

After being convicted in 2010 in a trial that was moved to Los Angeles, Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released last year after receiving credits that reduced his time in custody to about a year.

Mehserle appealed his conviction to the Court of Appeal in a bid to clear his name of a felony record, his lawyers have said.

In Friday’s decision, a three-judge panel of the appeals court unanimously rejected his claim that there was insufficient evidence to support a conviction of involuntary manslaughter.

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