Virginia Cop Sentenced To A Mere 3 Years For Killing Unarmed Woman
When policemen break the law, then there isn’t any law – just a fight for survival. Billy Jack
(Hat Tip to Joseph Norton for the following case)
She has a name; Patricia Cook. She was killed in Culpeper, Virginia on February 9, 2012.
Patricia was 54 years old. No one knows why she was in the parking lot of Epiphany Catholic School, but while there, she was approached by Culpeper Police Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright. Officer Harmon-Wright said he received a call of a suspicious vehicle.
Wright fired two shots into Patricia’s vehicle. The first two rounds, fired at point-blank range, tore into Cook’s face and arm. Patricia managed to drive away, but Harmon-Wright did not stop shooting. He shot Patricia 5 times; a round entered her brain, and the another round severed her spine and veered into her heart.
Harmon-Wright claimed that he shot Patricia in self-defense, opening fire after Patricia rolled up her car window, catching his fingers inside the car window and dragging him as she drove off. An eyewitness said otherwise; that Patricia had rolled up her car window before shots were fired. The evidence asked the logical question of how Harmon-Wright’s hand was caught in the window since he shot through the window of Patricia’s vehicle.
Almost 4 months after he killed Patricia, Harmon-Wright was indicted by a grand jury on one count of murder. At his bond hearing, it was revealed that Harmon-Wright had a tarnished military record, a drinking problem, and a history of harassing Culpeper residents. Daniel Harmon-Wright, 32, had also been disciplined as an officer, including once for forcing his way into a home and brandishing his weapon without probable cause or a warrant, according to a prosecution motion in opposition to his request for bond.
A jury of 8 women and 4 men convicted Officer Harmon-Wright on four charges; voluntary manslaughter; malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle; malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in a death; and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Harmon-Wright had faced up to life in prison on first-degree murder. The voluntary manslaughter charge carried a sentence of 1 to 10 years, and Harmon-Wright was sentenced to three years.
Patricia’s estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit, against Harmon-Wright, Police Chief Chris Jenkins and former Police Chief Dan Boring. It was settled for $300,000.
Knowing the Wrong People In The Right Places
It was recommended that Harmon-Wright not be hired for the police force, but that was overruled. Bethany Sullivan, Harmon-Wright’s mother and an administrative assistant to the former Culpeper police chief, has been charged with forging Harmon-Wright’s entrance exam for the Town of Culpeper and one of his annual reviews.
Politics and connections or rather, knowing the wrong people in the right places, seems to be a part of Culpeper. A Facebook Page has continued since the conviction of Harmon-Wright. It is now titled “Justice for Culpeper.”
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