Potter was sentenced to two years in prison, less time than the prosecutors or the Wright family wanted. Prosecutors had recommended seven years, two months. She was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter in December 2021.
In explaining her reasoning for the light sentence, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu said it was “an extremely difficult decision,” but she said Potter is a “cop who made a tragic mistake. She drew her firearm thinking it was a Taser, and ended up killing a young man.”
Under state law, Potter will be required to serve two-thirds of her sentence, or 16 months.