New sentence ordered for ex-Ala. police officer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A federal appeals court has ordered a new sentence for an ex-police officer who was convicted of beating a handcuffed man in the back of a patrol car.

Officials said Thursday that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a five-year probationary sentence issued last year for former Birmingham police officer Corey Hooper falls short of the 70 to 87-month prison term federal sentencing guidelines call for.

The 35-year-old Hooper was convicted of using excessive force in the 2007 incident.

The appeals court says Hooper’s initial sentence wouldn’t adequately deter other police officers from using excessive force.

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