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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 22: People demonstrate outside the Hennepin County Government Center on December 22, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, was found guilty of manslaughter in the April 2021 shooting death of Daunte Wright. Potter says she thought she was using her Taser when she shot Wright with her handgun.

Former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, according to numerous news outlets. Fox News reports that Potter could face a maximum sentence of 15 years for the first-degree manslaughter charge, while a second-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. CNN notes in their report that as Potter has no criminal history, Minnesota sentencing guidelines recommend a sentence roughly between 6 and 8.5 years in prison.

The mostly white jurors deliberated for more than 27 hours, according to USA Today. Potter, 49, fatally shot 20-year-old Wright during an April traffic stop-turned-arrest in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.

Prosecutors said Potter, a veteran Brooklyn Center Police officer, recklessly handled her firearm and caused Wright’s death through her “culpable negligence” – a disregard of a substantial and unjustifiable risk. The defense argued that Potter mistook her firearm for a Taser but was justified in using deadly force to prevent another officer from being injured.

Demonstrators outside the courthouse applauded and cheered after the verdict was announced, according to CNN.