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Former Dallas police officer Roy Oliver shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards when he left home in April 2017.
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DALLAS – A white former Dallas police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday night when he murdered an unarmed black teenager

molder Balch Springs Officer Roy Oliver , 38, was convicted of killing Jordan Edwards, 15, after reacting at the Balch Springs party on April 29, 2017. Edwards was in a vehicle that left the party when Oliver fired his AK-15 rifle five times the car, hitting Edwards in the head, according to the testimony in the rehearsal.

The jury deliberated for more than five hours, starting at about 4 pm Wednesday after an emotional two-day testimony during the punishment phase of the trial.

The jury found Oliver guilty of murder on Tuesday. It was Dallas County's first homicide condemnation since 1973. More: A white policeman in Texas who has killed an unarmed black teenager for murder

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When the ruling was read on Tuesday, the Associated Press rang through the courtroom. Edwards & # 39; s relatives sobbed and hugged prosecutors, waving their hands in the air and announcing, "Thank you, Jesus!"

"I just want to say that I'm happy, very happy," said Edward's father, Odell Edwards, in front of the courtroom. He said it was "a long time" since he had felt that way.

Oliver testified that he shot the car because he feared his partner, Officer Tyler Gross, was in danger. Body-scan showed that the car was moving away from the officers and Gross was testifying that he was not worried about his safety.

In the punishment phase, Edward's family and supporters testified on Tuesday that he was a good kid with a bright

Jeff Fleener, Edwards' football coach at Mesquite High School, collapsed at the booth as he described like Edwards & # 39; s Football cupboard has remained untouched since his death.

On Wednesday, Olivers mother and his wife testified in the US case, which describes Oliver as a loving father of a boy with autism

"Consider his son," Oliver's mother, Linda Oliver, pleaded with Jury and demanded a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

Oliver's half-sister, Wendi Oliver, testified against her and said she hopes "he gets what he deserves because he led an innocent life."

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