David Warren and Gregory McRae, two former New Orleans Police officers, will be spending long stretches in federal prison after juries found them guilty of killing and burning Henry Glover in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
Judge Lance Africk sentenced David Warren to 25 years and 7 months for gunning down Glover on September 2, 2005.
Judge Africk dismissed notions that police were under too much stress in the wake of the storm. He told Warren, “You and Henry Glover were both living through the same horrible aftermath of Katrina. You were not forced to respond to Henry Glover with deadly force. The constitution was not suspended during Katrina.”
Another former officer convicted in the case, Gregory McRae, was sentenced to 17 years and 3 months for burning Glover’s body in a car after the shooting. “Your conduct was barbaric and had the stench of a cover up,” the judge told McRae.
McRae faced a possibility of up to 50 years in prison; Warren could have been sentenced to life.
Henry Glover’s family was not satisfied with today’s sentences. “I don’t like this,” said Glover’s aunt, Rebecca Glover. “This is like a slap on the wrist. How do you give somebody 26 years for killing somebody and 17 for burning the body? I mean, this is a joke.”
There is one more former officer who has not been sentenced. Travis McCabe was convicted of falsifying a police report. His lawyers are seeking a new trial.