Fmr. officer Kim Potter found guilty on all charges

This inmate photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, shows former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter. Potter was convicted on Thursday of two manslaughter charges in the killing of Daunte Wright, a Black motorist she shot during a traffic stop after she said she confused her gun for her Taser. (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP)

This inmate photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, shows former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter. (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP)

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UPDATED 3:49 PM PT – Thursday, December 23, 2021

Former police officer Kim Potter has been found guilty of both first- and second-degree manslaughter after shooting and killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April.

After three full days of deliberations, the Minnesota jury came to a verdict on Thursday, convicting Potter with manslaughter in the death of Wright after she claimed she mistook her gun for a taser. Potter’s attorneys argued the former Minnesota officer is a “devoted Catholic” who isn’t a danger to the public and asked the judge to release her from custody until her sentence hearing. However, the judge denied the request.

“I am going to require that she be taken into custody and held without bail,” said Judge Regina Chu. “And I recognize your arguments Mr. Engh and Mr. Gray, but I cannot treat this case any differently than any other case.”

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison expressed his condolences for the victim’s family and thanked the jury for their verdict, adding their decision resulted in a “degree of accountability for Daunte’s death.”

“Accountability is not justice. Justice is restoration,” stated Ellison. “Justice would be restoring Daunte to life and making the Wright family whole again. Justice is beyond the reach that we have in this life for Daunte. But accountability is an important step, a critical, necessary step on the road to justice for us all.”

The former Brooklyn officer has been transferred to Minnesota Correctional Facility and faces up to 15 years in prison for the first-degree manslaughter charge, in addition to up to 10 years for the second-degree charge. Her sentence hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18 with prosecutors saying they’re seeking a longer term.

Meanwhile, the family of Daunte Wright continue to mourn the loss of their son and are thankful for the jury’s verdict.

“Now we’ve been able to process it, we want to thank the entire prosecution team,” said Daunte’s mother, Katie Bryant. “We want to thank community support, everybody who’s been out there that has supported us and this long fight for accountability.”

TOPSHOT - Flowers, candles and placards are seen at a makeshift memorial in honor of Daunte Wright, who was shot dead by a police officer in Minneapolis, in Washington Square, New York on April 17, 2021. - Kim Potter, the police officer who shot dead Black 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb after appearing to mistake her gun for her Taser was arrested on April 14 on manslaughter charges. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/Afp/AFP via Getty Images)

Flowers, candles and placards are seen at a makeshift memorial in honor of Daunte Wright, who was shot dead by a police officer in Minneapolis, in Washington Square, New York on April 17, 2021. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

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