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Ex-deputy sentenced to jail for killing unarmed man

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>> A judge sentencing a former volunteer reserve deputy to four years in jail Tuesday for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Robert Bates, a 74 year old insurance executive who volunteered for the Tulsa County Sheriff's department, was found guilty in April of killing Eric Harris. Harris, shown here on police surveillance video, was the target of a sting to buy illegal weapons.
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He ran from police and Bates chased him. Body camera audio capturing Bates yelling, taser, and then a single gunshot.
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the trial, Bates' lawyer said the volunteer cop thought he was discharging his taser when he shot Harris. The shooting was one in a series of police involved killings of unarmed African American men last year.
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Harris's son testified at the sentencing hearing Tuesday.>> I forgive Bob Bates. I forgive him, but there's still consequences for the actions. Even if people forgive me and I did something, I still have consequences for them.>> Bates' lawyer say they plan to appeal the sentence, citing their client's age and poor health.