OAKLAND (AP) – Prosecutors asked a judge to issue a prison sentence to former BART officer Johannes Mehserle, who was videotaped shooting an unarmed passenger on the Fruitvale platform on New Year’s Day 2009.

The recommendation filed Tuesday in Los Angeles argues against defense’s request for probation for Mehserle. Prosecution did not specify how much prison time it wanted the judge to issue.

Mehserle faces up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 5

Mehserle was convicted in July of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009. The shooting was videotaped by a handful of bystanders.

The trial was moved from Alameda County to Los Angeles because of racial tension and extensive media coverage in the Bay Area.

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Comments (4)
  1. The Messiah says:

    He should be sentenced to the maximum the law permits. He got away with murder. No worries though, when he and his cohorts come before me they will find eternal life in hell with satan! MURDERERS!

    1. George says:

      You’re a sicko. Let me know what time visiting hours are at the mental hospital so I can come tell you in person.

  2. yawehviva says:

    He should be given probation at the most. After all, he DID save the taxpayers from paying for all the criminal trials that grant would have caused. One little mistake shouldn’t ruin a fine upstanding officer’s life. grant, on the other hand was going to hell sooner or later. Satan wanted one of his minions back and used that BART officer to do it.

  3. Randy Fleming says:

    This is nothing more than ‘a white lynching’!..These people have lost their ‘political capital’ so completely and thoroughly ; in part , largely due to behaviour like that shown by Oscar Grant and many , many , many others. (Too numerous to count.). Crime as a way of life. Lots of coverage on this on MSNBC and History Channel specials…Incontrovertible…

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