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CLAYTON • Former Overland police Officer Andrew Ringeisen said nothing as he was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for fatally pushing a man down a flight of stairs in what prosecutors deemed to be negligence.
"He's expressed remorse and sadness repeatedly," Barry said. "He was a police officer all his life and never had any issues with excessive force."
Ringeisen, 34, of Troy, Mo., pleaded guilty of involuntary manslaughter last month. He faced up to seven years in prison in the incident, which occurred on duty when he went to Hamilton's Overland home to investigate a call about a road rage incident. Ringeisen pushed Hamilton down an 11-step staircase during an argument. Hamilton died of his injuries five days later.
"I don't think you're an evil person or intended to do anything," said Judge Steven Goldman, in delivering the sentence recommended by the probation department, "but you used terrible judgement."
According to the suit, an officer with Ringeisen suggested they arrest Hamilton after his fall. Instead, the suit alleged, the officers left Hamilton to die and didn't return until one of his brothers called for help. The suit claimed the officers never mentioned being there earlier and that Ringeisen took a videotape from the home's surveillance system.
Originally posted by balon0
You must be kidding me right?
Wow I should join the police too so I can kill anyone I want and get a slap in the wrist. Awesome
Originally posted by NuroSlam
I guess I spoke to soon. attempting to cover up the violence. I don't think this cop should go to jail, not because he doesn't deserve it, but because it doesn't really do anything to make the victims family whole. He should work at a menial job paying restitution to the family and paying for any and all mental treatment they will need to be able to put the death of a loved one behind them, even if its for the rest of his life.
Originally posted by MrSensible
Since when has ANY jail sentence done something to make a victim's family whole? All jail does is separate the troublemakers from the people who just want to live their lives without trouble. And sometimes it doesn't even do THAT right.