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Paramedic receives 4 years probation for involvement in Elijah McClain’s death

Former paramedic Jeremy Cooper was sentenced to a four-year probationary sentence for criminally negligent homicide in connection to Elijah McClain’s 2019 death. Cooper and his co-defendant Peter Cichuniec were accused of administering excessive ketamine to sedate McClain after an encounter with police, violating department policy. Both men were found guilty of criminally negligent homicide but acquitted of other charges. Cooper will serve 14 months in a work release program as part of his sentence. McClain’s mother, Sheneen McClain, spoke at the sentencing, expressing her pain. Elijah McClain died following restraint and ketamine administration that resulted in a heart attack. The case sparked calls for police reform.


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