Ex-cop sentenced in Katrina shooting coverup

December 1, 2010 1:34:27 PM PST
A former New Orleans Police officer has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for helping to cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

The sentence Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance against Michael Hunter was the maximum allowed plus nine months above the maximum recommended guideline.

Hunter is one of five former officers who have pleaded guilty in the shootings that happened a week after Katrina hit. Six other current or former officers also have been indicted on charges stemming from the shootings and coverup.

Police shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the August 2005 storm.