- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has resentenced an ex-Birmingham police officer who was convicted of using excessive force during an arrest.

U.S. District Judge Inge. Johnson sentenced 36-year-old Corey Hooper on Thursday to a year and one day in prison for repeatedly punching Martez Gulley while he was handcuffed and in the backseat of a patrol car on Sept. 6, 2007.

Hooper was initially sentenced to five years of probation but the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled in May that the punishment violated federal sentencing guidelines.

The appeals court said Hooper’s initial sentence wouldn’t adequately discourage other law enforcement officials from using excessive force.

Hooper was convicted of depriving Gulley of his civil rights in 2012 and is ordered to report to prison Dec. 1.

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