CABOT, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas deputy was convicted Friday of negligent homicide and sentenced to a year in jail for fatally shooting an unarmed white teenager whose death last year drew the attention of national civil rights leaders.
Jurors acquitted Michael Davis of the more serious offense of manslaughter while finding him guilty of the misdemeanor charge in the death of 17-year-old Hunter Brittain during a June 23 traffic stop outside Cabot.
Davis faces up to one year in prison
The maximum jail term that the former sergeant with the Lonoke County sheriff’s office faced was one year. Manslaughter is a felony for which he would have faced between three and 10 years in prison.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Davis also was sentenced to a $1,000 fine.