Former Ga. cop sentenced to life in prison in Taser death of unarmed, handcuffed man

A former Georgia police officer was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after being convicted of murder in the death of Gregory Towns, a 24-year-old unarmed black man who died after being shocked more than a dozen times with a Taser while handcuffed.

Marcus Eberhart, a former sergeant in East Point, Ga., was silent as a Fulton County Superior Court judge told him he was receiving the “one sentence allowable under the law,” Reuters reported. Eberhart’s co-defendant, former police corporal Howard Weems, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday, having been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and other charges but acquitted of murder in connection with Towns’s death.

Eberhart did not speak during the hearing, but Weems apologized for his role in the incident, according to Reuters.
“I know nothing I could say that would ever bring forgiveness to me,” Weems told the court.