Kansas City Cop Sentenced To 6 Years For Killing Black Man

Eric DeValkenaere, who's White, was sentenced to three years for the involuntary manslaughter of Cameron Lamb
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(CNN)--A former Kansas City police officer convicted in the killing in 2019 of a Black man who was backing a pickup truck into his garage was sentenced Friday to six years in prison and will remain free on bond while his conviction is appealed.

Eric DeValkenaere, who's White, was sentenced to three years for the involuntary manslaughter of Cameron Lamb and six years for armed criminal actions, Valerie Hartman, a spokesperson for the 16th Judicial Circuit Court, told CNN.

Judge James Dale Youngs -- who found DeValkenaere guilty last November in a bench trial -- ordered that the sentences be served concurrently, Hartman said.

Laurie Bey, Lamb's mother, called the sentence "a fair decision" during a news conference following the hearing.

"The mental pain that I deal with -- that's not going to go away," Bey said.

"Preferably, it will shake up this police department. Shake up Kansas City," added Lamb's stepfather, Aqil Bey. Read more.

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