Covering Louisiana

Aug 15, 2014 5:44 AM by AP

Ex-cop who burned body post-Katrina seeks leniency

A former New Orleans police officer is about to be re-sentenced in connection with one of the crimes that came to symbolize the chaos and law enforcement scandals that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Gregory McRae already is imprisoned for burning the body of Henry Glover - who was shot by another officer days after the 2005 storm.

However, an appeals court threw out one of five federal charges on which McCrae was convicted and said his 17-year sentence must be reconsidered.

McRae's lawyer says in court filings seeking leniency that McRae was suffering emotionally from the storm's carnage when he burned the body; He also says McRae did not know Glover had been shot by another officer and didn't realize he might be covering up a crime.

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