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Sentencing in police beating set for Nov. 15

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SPOKANE -- A federal judge has set a Nov. 15 sentencing date for a former Spokane police officer convicted of using excessive force and lying to investigators after the 2006 beating of a mentally ill suspect.
Karl F. Thompson Jr. has remained free in the year since he was convicted in the beating of Otto Zehm, a janitor wrongly suspected of being a thief. Zehm died two days after he was beaten, shocked and hog-tied by police in a Spokane convenience store.
Surveillance video showed Thompson immediately attacking a retreating Zehm with his baton. Other officers later piled on Zehm, who stopped breathing.
Thompson's attorneys have said they plan to ask an appeals court for a new trial in the case. Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence of six to eight years.
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