OROVILLE (CBS13) — A former Paradise Police officer who shot and killed a man climbing out of a crash was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday.
Patrick Feaster faced up to five years in jail, but was only sentenced to 180 days. He did not address the court during Friday’s sentencing.
Feaster was with the Paradise Police Department when dashcam footage showed him driving up on the scene of a crash on Nov. 25, 2015. Andrew Thomas, 26, was crawling out of the vehicle, but before he could get out, Feaster shot him once in the neck, leaving him paralyzed. Thomas died on Dec. 19.
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Investigators say it took 11 minutes to report that he had fired his gun.
Prosecutors initially said they would not be pressing charges, leading to protests and the eventual trial.
Feaster lost his job with the department in February.
The investigation revealed Thomas left a local bar with his headlights turned off. Feaster followed him. Thomas struck the median and rolled his vehicle ejecting his wife who died at the scene.
Feaster failed to tell dispatchers that shots had been fired. No shell casings were found, but Feaster can be seen searching the ground as Thomas told other officers he’d been shot.