New judge to sentence ex-Springfield officer who shot a panhandler

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – The sentencing for a former Springfield police officer who shot an unarmed panhandler will be delayed until a new judge can be appointed.

Jason Shuck was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday but asked for a new judge. The Springfield News-Leader reports Judge Ronald Carrier approved the request. A new sentencing date has not been set.

Shuck pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault. He told investigators that he meant to use his Taser on Eric David Butts but accidentally grabbed his pistol and shot the man in the back on May 9. Butts suffered severe internal injuries.

At a hearing last week, attorneys proposed a deal that would allow Shuck to avoid jail and have no criminal record if he completes two years of unsupervised probation.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader,