Ohio appeals court overturns conviction of former Ottawa Hills officer

Mike McCloskey is seen in court during the 2010 trial of Thomas White.

An Ohio appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former Ottawa Hills police officer who was found guilty of shooting and paralyzing an unarmed motorcyclist.

The court ruled that Thomas White should get a new trial because the jury was not given proper instructions when they convicted him in 2010.

The jury found White guilty of felonious assault with a gun specification for the May 2009 shooting of Mike McCloskey who was paralyzed from the waist down as a result.

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White was then sentenced to 10 years in prison. He has been free on bond during the appeals process.

There is no word on when a new trial may begin.