By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A former police officer in Ohio has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of assault in the shooting of an unarmed motorcyclist in 2009 that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

A judge in Toledo on Thursday gave former Ottawa Hills officer Thomas White a suspended jail sentence and probation.

The plea deal comes as the ex-officer was facing a second trial after his felonious assault conviction was overturned nearly four years ago.

Prosecutors tell The Blade newspaper in Toledo that the plea deal came up after the motorcyclist who was shot decided he wanted to move forward and forgive the officer.

The officer had told investigators that he fired at the man during a traffic stop because he believed he was reaching for a weapon.

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