June 12, 2018 06:41 PM
The man shot by police during an interrogation in Minneapolis City Hall in December has been sentenced to 74 months, which is just more than six years.
Marcus Terrell Fischer was sentenced Tuesday.
Fischer pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault and one count of prohibited person in possession of a firearm earlier this month, and two other counts.
Fischer admitted to shooting and injuring a man he was attempting to buy a gun from in December 2018 in Minneapolis.
Six days later he was questioned about it, by police, at Minneapolis City Hall.
When they left him alone in a room, Fischer pulled out a knife that police had not confiscated from him, and began stabbing himself.
The officers had attempted to subdue Fischer, police say, but then shot him after those attempts were unsuccessful, and after they say he came toward officers with the knife in his hand.
Fischer's father, Eric Fischer, says he has seen the tape from the interrogation room, and disagrees. He says there was no need for officers to shoot his son.
"I watched the tape, they were in no danger whatsoever when they opened fire on my son, he was already drowning himself with blood," Eric Fischer said.
He said his son is ready to face the next chapter in his life, adding he got side-tracked last winter.
"He was doing everything he's supposed to be doing as a young man, to get wrapped up in a situation that happened was not like him, regardless of what the end result was, that's not who he was as a person," his dad said.
Fischer's high school teachers wrote to the judge about the student they know, she read some of their remarks in court.
"They used words when they wrote to me describing you as community oriented, a role model, humble, kind," Hennepin County Judge Gina Brandt said in court.
She also had some advice for Fischer before she sentenced him to 74 months.
"You have to realize because you fell down for those 6 days, doesn't mean you have to stay down in life," the judge stated.
Updated: June 12, 2018 06:41 PM
Created: June 12, 2018 11:17 AM
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