PHILADELPHIA (November 29, 2022) – District Attorney Larry Krasner on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding Commonwealth v. Eric Ruch:
“Yesterday, my office filed a motion respectfully requesting the Court of Common Pleas to reconsider its sentence of 11½ to 23 months incarceration for former Officer Eric Ruch, who was convicted this fall for his role in the on-duty killing of Dennis Plowden, an unarmed Black man, in 2017. This sentence is a gross downward departure from the mitigated range of the guidelines for Voluntary Manslaughter and an even greater downward departure from the standard range. The record does not support this departure; such a departure severely lessens the gravity of the offense for which the defendant was convicted – intentionally taking the life of another human being – and suggests that a different standard applies to this defendant than other defendants.PhillyDA.org.“We respectfully request that the Court reconsider its sentence, and sentence the defendant within the state standard guidelines. His conduct warranted such a sentence, and it would be the just result.” The Philadelphia District Attorney’s motion to reconsider the sentence of former Philadelphia Police Officer Eric Ruch can be found on
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