PHOENIX - A former Phoenix police officer has been sentenced to a total of seven years in prison on assault and manslaughter charges after the fatal 2010 shooting of man during a domestic violence call.
The judge sentenced Richard Chrisman on Friday to seven years for manslaughter and five years for the assault, but both sentences will run concurrently.
Chrisman was convicted of aggravated assault in September, but jurors failed to reach verdicts on second-degree murder and animal cruelty charges.
He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter to avoid another trial on the remaining counts.
Chrisman was accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man and his dog during a 2010 domestic violence call.
Chrisman says it was self-defense but another officer told jurors the situation had been defused before Chrisman shot the man.