Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant, will be out of jail in June. Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but he’ll be allowed to go free after serving just 11 months of his two-year sentence. The reason: credit for time served and a lenient judge, the Merc reports.
Cephus Johnson, Grant’s uncle and a family spokesman, told the Merc, “We really don’t feel like there has been accountability for his actions.” Johnson said, “We were totally let down by the judicial system.”
Mehserle shot Grant while he was face down on the BART platform on Jan. 1 2009. Although he was charged with murder, a Los Angeles jury convicted him of involuntary manslaughter. Mehserle’s attorneys argued that he thought he was reaching for his Taser, when he pulled out his gun. A Los Angeles County judge refused to give Mehserle a harsher penalty related to a gun enhancement charge that could have put him in prison for 25 years to life.