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Apr 11, 2012 6:32 AM by AP

N.O. cop to be sentenced for lying about shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans police officer is facing prison time when a judge sentences him for lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina.

Ronald Mitchell is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance.

Mitchell's attorney, Kerry Cuccia, says his client faces 15 to 21 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. Vance isn't bound by those guidelines.

Mitchell shot and killed 45-year-old Danny Brumfield outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center less than a week after the 2005 storm's landfall, but he wasn't charged in the shooting itself.

In December, a jury convicted Mitchell of obstruction of justice and perjury for lying when he said he left his patrol car after the shooting and checked for Brumfield's pulse.

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