Former Cop Convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter Released from Jail
CULPEPER, Va. (WVIR) - The former Culpeper police officer convicted of killing a woman just over three years ago is officially a free man.
Daniel Harmon-Wright, 35, was released from Culpeper County Jail Thursday morning. He served his time in a jail instead of a prison, because he received three 12-month sentences. Prison is reserved for sentences greater than one year.
Harmon-Wright shot and killed 54-year-old Patricia Ann Cook on February 9, 2012.
Cook was unarmed, but Harmon-Wright says she tried to drive away with his arm caught in her window.
In January 2013, a jury found Harmon-Wright guilty of voluntary manslaughter, unlawfully shooting into an occupied vehicle, and involuntary manslaughter shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in death. He was found not guilty of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
The verdict came after five days of testimony and nine hours of deliberations.
The woman's family settled a wrongful death civil lawsuit with Harmon-Wright for $300,000.