Ex-U.S. Police Officer Who Killed Kazakh Man Convicted In Second Fatal Shooting
A former U.S. police officer who shot dead a Kazakh national in 2011 has been convicted in a different deadly shooting case in Virginia.
A jury on August 4 found Stephen Rankin guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2015 shooting death of 18-year-old William Chapman. Jurors recommended Rankin be sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.
In 2011, Kazakhstan’s Kirill Denyakin was shot and killed by Rankin. Denyakin was later found to have been intoxicated but unarmed at the time of the shooting.
Rankin did not face trial over the incident.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said on August 5 that it is ready to assist Denyakin’s family if it decides to file an appeal to revise the case in the United States.
Denyakin’s mother, Yelena Denyakina, was present at Rankin’s trial over Chapman’s killing.