- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A former Ohio police officer will receive a new trial after the Ohio Supreme Court upheld an appeals court decision that overturned his conviction.

Former officer Thomas White of the Toledo suburb of Ottawa Hills was convicted nearly five years ago and sentenced to 10 years in prison in a shooting that paralyzed a motorcyclist.

The state Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a firearms charge doesn’t apply to the officer.

Justice Terrence O’Donnell wrote that the law didn’t set out to apply to an officer protecting the public from someone he believed was about to take out a weapon.

White testified at his trial that he fired because he believed the unarmed man he pulled over was reaching for a weapon. Prosecutors said the ex-officer used excessive force.


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