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Judge sets December sentencing for former Phoenix officer

PHOENIX — A judge has set a December sentencing date for a former Phoenix
police officer convicted of aggravated assault.

Richard Chrisman was charged with second-degree murder, animal cruelty and
assault after he fatally shot an unarmed 28-year-old man and his dog during a
2010 domestic violence call.

The jury convicted him of assault in September but failed to reach verdicts on
the other two counts. Chrisman will be sentenced on the assault conviction Dec.
20. He faces anywhere from five to 15 years in prison.

A retrial on the second-degree murder and animal cruelty charges is set for
Jan. 27.

Chrisman maintains he shot in self-defense. Chrisman’s partner testified the
man wasn’t a threat at the time of the shooting.

A judge on Wednesday also denied a defense request to set aside the assault


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