Former NOPD Officer Sentenced to 8 Years for Danziger Bridge Shootings

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Michael Hunter

Former NOPD Officer Michael Hunter was sentenced to 8 years Wednesday, after pleading guilty last April, to covering up the deadly Danziger Bridge shootings following Katrina.

60 months on the Conspiracy Count, 36 months on the Misprison Count; Both are to run consecutively for 96 months total. 3 years supervised release and a $2500 fine.

The shootings took place on September 4, 2005, six days after the hurricane. 19-year-old James Brissette and 40-year-old Ronald Madison, both African American, were killed in the gunfire, and four other civilians were wonded. All victims were unarmed. Madison, a mentally disabled man, was shot in the back.

Six other current or former officers also have been indicted on charges stemming from the shootings and alleged cover-up.