The 40-year-old Australian-born woman was fatally shot by the former police officer on July 15, 2017, after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault taking place in the alley behind her Minneapolis home. Noor told the court he mistook her as a ‘threat’ and opened fire.
Noor was convicted by a jury of Ruszczyk Damond’s third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in April. On Friday, he was handed a 12.5-year prison term.
Ruszczyk Damond’s partner, Don Damond, who was set to marry his “soul mate” in a romantic ceremony in Hawaii just weeks after the tragedy, addressed the court in tears.
It was in the form of a letter he wrote to Ruszczyk Damond.
Damond’s heart-wrenching words included how they were planning to have a baby.
“I miss you every day – every moment,” Damond said.
He explained that following his fiancée’s death he broke down in a dress shop upon seeing the wedding dress she was going to wear.
Ruszczyk Damond’s Australian family members were not in court but their impact statements were read.
Her father requested the maximum sentence and described how “Justine’s death has left me incomplete”.