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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-Cop Jailed for Car Crash

A former Moscow police officer was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail and fined 3 million rubles ($94,700) for running over a pregnant woman who later died in the hospital, RIA-Novosti reported Thursday.

Roman Zhirov’s lawyer promised to appeal the ruling by Moscow’s Nagatinsky District Court, saying it was unusually harsh, Interfax reported.

Zhirov, who was convicted of hitting the woman with his car when driving in the oncoming lane in May 2009 and fleeing the scene, received the maximum punishment possible for charges of involuntary manslaughter.

(MT)