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Officer to appeal sentence in post-Katrina burned body case

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NEW ORLEANS — A former New Orleans police officer has given formal notice that he will appeal his 17-year prison sentence for burning the body of a man who was shot by another officer after Hurricane Katrina.

Gregory McRae's notice of appeal was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. The notice filed by defense lawyer Michael Fawer (FOW-er) also says McRae is appealing a district judge's denial of a motion for a new trial.

McRae is imprisoned for burning the body of Henry Glover. Fawer has said McRae was sleep deprived and mentally unsound when he burned the body, and that McRae did not know at the time that Glover was the victim of a police shooting.

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