Jerusalem (CNN)Tension filled the small Jerusalem courtroom as a family sat meters away from the man who killed their son, waiting to hear the judge's verdict.
Israeli police officer jailed for 9 months for killing Palestinian teen
The defendant, Ben Deri, arrived accompanied by his family and girlfriend.
Deri was serving as an Israeli border policeman four years ago when clashes erupted near the West Bank village of Beitunya.
The date was May 15 -- when Palestinians mark the "Nakba" or Catastrophe, in memory of the more than 700,000 people who were either driven from, or fled, their homes during the Arab-Israeli war that accompanied the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
CNN producer Kareem Khadder had a camera in hand and was filming at the precise moment Deri aimed and fired his rifle at Nadeem Nuwara. Nearby CCTV cameras captured the 17-year-old Palestinian walking unarmed before collapsing as a bullet entered his chest. A second Palestinian teenager was shot and killed by Israeli forces just over an hour later.
An Israeli military spokesman said a preliminary inquiry showed that live fire had not been used. Later investigations proved otherwise.
State prosecutors initially charged Deri with manslaughter, arguing that he knowingly used live ammunition. Under a plea deal, that charge was reduced to negligent homicide, with Deri admitting to an accidental use of live rounds.