Daniel Harmon-Wright sentenced to 3 years

A former Culpeper police officer convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman was sentenced Thursday to 36 months in jail.

The judge sentenced Daniel Harmon-Wright, 33, for killing of Patricia Ann Cook, who he shot on Feb. 9, 2012.

During the hearing, Harmon-Wright said he's haunted every day by the incident. He said, however, that he had no choice but to shoot Cook.

While stoic, Harmon-Wright apologized to Cook's family and asked for forgiveness.

The prosecutor, however, said that Harmon-Wright treated Cook as if she were a character in a video game.

A jury previously recommended Harmon-Wright spend three years behind bars. He could have received up to 25 years.

During his trial, Harmon-Wright defended the shooting. He testified that he feared for his life and that Cook tried to drive away from him while his arm was caught in her vehicle’s window.

The incident drew sharp criticism from residents of the Virginia town. Some believe manslaughter was a too mild determination.