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Ex-Phoenix officer set for sentencing for assault

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Phoenix police officer convicted last month of aggravated assault after he fatally shot an unarmed man during a domestic violence call is set for sentencing.

Richard Chrisman had also been charged with second-degree murder and animal cruelty, but the jury was unable to reach verdicts on those counts.

Chrisman was charged after he fatally shot 29-year-old Danny Rodriguez and the man's dog during an October 2010 domestic violence call at Rodriguez's home. Chrisman's partner says the man wasn't a threat when Chrisman shot him. Chrisman said he only fired his weapon after Rodriguez tried to attack him.

Chrisman, a nine-year veteran of the force, was later fired. He is set for sentencing Friday morning, and could face up to 15 years in prison.

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