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Apr 25, 5:21 AM EDT

Israeli border policeman jailed for killing teen protester


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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court has sentenced a border policeman to nine months in prison for the fatal shooting of a stone-throwing teenage Palestinian protester.

The Jerusalem District Court ruled Wednesday that Ben Deri unjustly opened fire during demonstrations in the West Bank four years ago. The shooting killed 17-year-old Nadim Nuwara, whom the court ruled did not pose an immediate threat to Deri's life.

The court ruled that Deri exhibited a "high degree of negligence" when he loaded his weapon with a live bullet rather than the rubber coated bullets typically used to disperse Palestinian demonstrations.

Deri agreed to a plea bargain that dropped the charge from manslaughter to causing severe bodily harm and death through negligence. He was also ordered to pay the victim's family $14,000.

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