OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS/BCN)- It’ll be nearly one month before Johannes Mehserle learns his fate as his sentencing in the case is scheduled for August 6th.

The former BART police officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter with a “gun enhancement”, meaning the jury found he’d used a gun to carry out the crime.

He could be sentenced to 5 to 14 years in prison.

In the meantime it’s possible there could be more criminal proceedings against Mehserle.

There’s word the U.S. Department of Justice plans to conduct an independent review of the case to determine whether the shooting merits federal prosecution.

“The Justice Department has been closely monitoring the state’s investigation and prosecution,” the department said in a statement.

A $50 million wrongful death and civil rights suit has been filed on behalf of Grant’s family against BART and Mehserle.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) said she has been in touch with the justice department.

“I remain in close contact with the Department of Justice and will continue to work with them, the family and the community in the days ahead,” she said in a statement.

BART’s lawyers and an attorney for the Grants say they will seek mediation.

Comments (2)
  1. anthony says:

    this route may be the only satisfaction the grant family may get. Bart may have to pay for employing an officer who supposedly by his explanation was very undertrained to do his job and that plain and simple is Barts responsibility to make sure that doesnt happen……..

  2. abr says:

    I would think that an officer of the law, licensed to carry weapons, would be held to a higher standard (vs. the general public), for proper use of force, the ability to evaluate a sensitive and stressful situation and to act in the most appropriate manner, using discretion, and the most appropriate methods taught/learned as an officer carrying weapons. Unintentional involuntary manslaughter doesn’t fly here; Meserhle shouldn’t have even been carrying a weapon if he couldn’t handle the situation. Bring him to civil court and sue BART for not training the guy. Oscar Grant rest in peace and prayers to the family and friends. To the general public – violence is not the answer.

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