Calling a prosecutor's recommendation for house arrest and probation "completely appropriate," a Brooklyn judge has sentenced the former NYPD officer who was convicted of killing an innocent man to probation and community service.

Peter Liang was facing up to 15 years after being convicted of second-degree manslaughter and official misconduct for fatally shooting 28-year-old Akai Gurley in 2014.

Last month, Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson recommended that Liang be sentenced to five years of probation, including six months of house arrest and 500 hours of community service.

Today Judge Danny Chun reduced Liang's second-degree manslaughter charge to the lesser crime of criminally negligent homicide, telling the court that he believed that the DA's office did not provide sufficient evidence to prove it.

Instead, Chun sentenced Liang to 5 years of probation and 800 hours of community service.

"I find instead of sitting at home and spending money to ensure that he stays at home, I think it will be more effective that he spends more time on community service," Judge Chun said

In his statement, Judge Chun said there was "no evidence that Liang was aware of Gurley and still fired the gun."

"As I watched the video of the defendant entering the Pink Houses, he was entering with a serious mind, doing his job, protecting the people of the Pink Houses," Chun told the courtroom. "Shooting his gun and killing somebody was probably the last thing on his mind. This was not an intentional act, this was an act of criminal negligence. I find that incarceration is not necessary."

As she left the courthouse, Akai Gurley's aunt, Hertencia Peterson, said, "There's no justice. Black lives don't matter."

Melissa Butler, Gurley's girlfriend, who held his body as he died, sobbed as the sentencing was read.

Liang's supporters—thousands of whom gathered to protest the guilty verdict—portrayed him as a scapegoat for police brutality.

"I’m not a person of many words, I’ve always treated people fairly and with respect," Liang said in a statement before being sentenced. "I love my wife and family for supporting me, I want them to be proud of me."

“My office vigorously prosecuted Peter Liang for manslaughter because the evidence established that his conduct was criminal and the rule of law demanded that he be held accountable for his actions in taking Akai Gurley’s life," Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson said in a statement.

"While our sentencing recommendation was fair under the unique circumstances of this case, we respectfully disagree with the judge’s decision to reduce the jury’s verdict and will fight to reverse it on appeal.”

A supporter of the Gurley family read a statement from Gurley's mother, Sylvia Palmer.

"Words cannot express how I feel about the fact that Peter Liang will serve no jail time for killing my son. This system, and its agents, should no longer claim to be about justice, because they only produce injustice," Palmer said.

"While we thank for the community for standing with our family, this is yet another sad chapter in this city's history, where the status quo is maintained."