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A white former San Francisco Bay area transit officer convicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man that has drawn continuing protest was released from jail early Monday after serving 11 months of a two-year sentence, officials said.

Johannes Mehserle managed to slip away from the Los Angeles County’s Twin Towers jail shortly after midnight unseen by a few protesters in the street as well as waiting reporters.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Associated Press that Mehserle was freed from custody at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Mehserle, 29, was convicted last July of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Grant, 22, on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station platform in Oakland on New Year’s Day 2009.

Source: Associated Press via Fox News

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