NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has refused to grant a new trial to a former New Orleans police officer convicted for burning the body of a man shot to death by another officer after Hurricane Katrina.
But the officer, Gregory McRae, might get a reduced prison sentence: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a recent Supreme Court ruling in another case involving destruction of records requires that one obstruction charge against McRae be thrown out.
McRae remains convicted on two other charges in the burning of Henry Glover's body and car. He's serving a 17-year sentence. That sentence must be recalculated under Tuesday's ruling.
Former officer David Warren shot Glover while guarding a strip mall four days after Katrina hit in 2005. Warren was eventually acquitted in the death.