The sentencing date for former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle has been pushed back three months, to Nov. 5, to allow attorneys to prepare for what is expected to be a lengthy hearing.
A Los Angeles jury convicted Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter July 8 in the shooting death of unarmed train rider Oscar Grant. The verdict means jurors concluded that prosecutors hadn't proved Mehserle intended to kill Grant, but believed the officer acted recklessly when he shot Grant in the back Jan. 1, 2009, at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland.
Jurors also found that Mehserle, 28, had used a gun in the commission of a crime. He faces between five and 14 years in prison, although legal experts said defense attorneys could argue for probation.
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