MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana law enforcement officer who was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for the shooting death of a 6-year-old autistic boy has been released after serving less than two years.

Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick said in a statement Monday that Norris Greenhouse Jr. was released Friday.

In November 2015, Greenhouse and another Marksville deputy marshal fired at Christopher Few's car during a chase, fatally wounding Few's 6-year-old son, Jeremy Mardis.

Greenhouse served less than two years of a 7½-year sentence for negligent homicide and malfeasance in office. Pastorick says Greenhouse's time was reduced because the charges are considered nonviolent offenses. Greenhouse participated in prison programs, earned an associate degree and received credit for time served which further shortened his sentence.

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