A man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2021 killing of a Florida police officer after he was convicted of manslaughter last month.
Othal Wallace fatally shot Daytona Beach Police Officer Jason Raynor when the officer responded to a suspicious incident June 23, 2021, WTLV-TV reports. Raynor approached Wallace in his vehicle, and a confrontation ensued. Raynor was shot in the head, and Wallace fled the scene.
After a two-day manhunt, Wallace was apprehended in Georgia. He had been hiding in a treehouse outside of Atlanta that was owned by an extreme Black militia group.
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Raynor was rushed to the hospital following the shooting, but he died nearly two months later.
Prosecutors had initially sought a first-degree murder conviction and were seeking the death penalty. However, a jury deliberated for 11 hours and found Wallace not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.