A former Texas police officer who was found guilty of murder after shooting into a car and killing a black 15-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday.

Roy Oliver, who is white, was found guilty on Tuesday of murdering Jordan Edwards — the teenager who was in the passenger seat of a car, NBC News reported.

The jury reportedly deliberated for 12 hours before delivering their verdict. In addition to the prison sentence, Davis was fined $10,000.


Oliver, who was employed with the Balch Springs Police Department near Dallas, opened fire into the car in April 2017 while responding to reports of underage drinking at a house party. 

He testified in court that he felt he had no choice but to use deadly force, shooting at the car that he felt was moving toward his partner, Officer Tyler Gross.

Gross, however, testified that he did not feel in danger and felt no need to use his weapon, the network noted.

Witnesses said the car did not appear to be aiming for Gross.

"We were just kids leaving a party," Maximus Everette, 15, who was in the car, said last year in an interview with NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

"We shouldn't have to fear the police when our parents teach us to respect them," Everette told the station. "So I don't see why they would fear just kids leaving a party."

Edwards’s mother, Charmaine Edwards, told CNN that she wished Oliver was given a longer sentence.

"He actually can see life again after 15 years," she said. "And that's not enough because Jordan can't see life again."

Daryl Washington, the attorney representing the Edwards family, told the network that the verdict honors other African-Americans who were killed by police.

"This case is not just about Jordan, it's about Tamir Rice, it's about Walter Scott, it's about Alton Sterling, it's about every African-American ... who has been killed and has not gotten justice," Washington said.

"We are just happy that here in Dallas, Texas, that Roy Oliver is going to have to do his time for taking Jordan's life," he continued. "What he did on that night should have never happened and we're just happy that we've gotten justice today."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) praised the conviction in Twitter on Tuesday.

“This life should never have been lost,” Abbott wrote.

NBC News noted that Oliver is only the second law enforcement officer to recently be convicted of murder resulting from an on-duty shooting.

Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminology at Ohio's Bowling Green State University, told the network that 33 law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime following a shooting since 2005.

Many officers are convicted of lesser charges, like voluntary or involuntary manslaughter and official misconduct.

--Updated at 9:08 a.m.