Former Tulsa County Reserve Deputy, Robert Bates, speaks from jail cell

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 19:04:56-04

TULSA -- Former Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates says he doesn't expect to survive his prison sentence, according to NBC News.

"I'm pretty much been condemned," Robert Bates, 74, told NBC News from jail this month.

Bates not only said he regrets shooting Eric Harris during an April 2, 2015 sting operation, but during the interview, Bates said he wished he'd never become a reserve deputy in the first place.

TIMELINE: Robert Bates case from time Eric Harris was killed through trial

Bates is now serving four years for killing an unarmed man during the drug sting when he says he mistook his gun for a taser.

Bates went on to say he'd like to speak with the Harris family, though he doesn't think it will ever happen. He says the mistake that took Harris' life keeps him up at night.

For the full interview click here.

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