Cop in BART Killing Gets Out After a Year
Former transit officer Johannes Mehserle served one year behind bars
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2011 6:33 PM CDT
Former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle was released from prison today after a year behind bars.   (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)

(Newser) – A former Oakland transit cop convicted of shooting and killing an unarmed man on a subway platform last year was freed today after a year in prison, reports CNN. Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years for involuntary manslaughter, but he received one day of good conduct credit for each of the 365 days he served behind bars.

Mehserle—a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer at the time of the shooting—says he intended to draw his Taser instead of his gun when he shot a 22-year-old on New Year's Day in 2009. But last November, Mehserle was acquitted of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter charges and received the two-year sentence, sparking protests in Oakland that turned violent. Although his attorney pushed for probation, Mehserle told the judge he preferred prison if it would calm the city and keep his family safe. "I shot a man," he said. "I killed a man. It should not have happened."