Liang, 28, was convicted in February of manslaughter — a charge that could have resulted in up to 15 years in prison. Chun reduced the charge to criminally negligent homicide at the sentencing.
“There’s no evidence Peter Liang was aware of Akai Gurley’s presence,” Chun said.
“I looked at the video of Peter Liang entering the Pink Houses that night and he entered with a good frame of mind. Shooting and killing someone was the last thing on his mind. Incarceration is not necessary.”
Gurley’s aunt Hertencia Petersen stormed out of the courtroom afterward, saying “Akai’s life doesn’t matter. There’s not justice. Black lives don’t matter. Justice will be served one way or another.”