LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Protesters are expected in downtown Los Angeles after a white former San Francisco Bay area transit officer convicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man was released from jail early Monday after serving less than a year of a two-year sentence.
Johannes Mehserle, 29, was released at 12:01 a.m.from the Los Angeles County's Twin Towers jail, according to L.A. County sheriff's officials.
Mehserle, 29, was convicted on July 8, 2010 of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Oscar Grant, 22, on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station platform in Oakland on New Year's Day 2009.
He was sentenced in November to two years in prison after being convicted in a downtown L.A. courtroom. The trial was moved to the Southland from the bay area after much pre-trial publicity. The case sparked racial tensions in San Francisco.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry ruled Friday that with time-served and good-conduct credits, Mehserle must beRead More »from Bay Area Transit Officer Convicted In Killing Released From LA Jail