Kim Potter to be sentenced in death of Daunte Wright

Posted at 10:28 PM, February 15, 2022 and last updated 6:52 PM, July 7, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS (Court TV) — The former suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she confused her gun for her Taser when she killed Daunte Wright will be sentenced Friday on two counts of manslaughter.



Prosecutors say the appropriate sentence for Kim Potter is seven years, a presumptive sentence provided by Minnesota sentencing guidelines. According to new court filings, the state also documented the following:

  • “For a defendant with a criminal history score of zero, the presumptive sentence is a commitment to prison for 86 months.”
  • “Daunte Wright’s death must not be ignored or even minimized. The degree of Defendant Potter’s recklessness in handling her firearm and causing Daunte Wright’s death cannot be excused or even minimized. The presumptive sentence takes into account the main elements of the conviction: the death of Daunte Wright and Defendant’s recklessness.”
  • “The most important question here is whether Defendant Potter has established remorse for the wrongfulness of her conduct that caused Daunte Wright’s death. To date, the record may not adequately answer that question.”


Court TV will provide live coverage of the penalty phase of Kim Potter’s trial on Friday, February 18, 2022. Live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET.