A former New Orleans police officer is about to learn whether he will get time cut from his 17-year prison sentence over the burning of a car with a shooting victim's body in it in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

Gregory McRae is scheduled for a Thursday sentencing hearing. He was convicted on four charges involving the burning of a car containing the body of Henry Glover. Glover was shot to death by another police officer in the chaotic days of flooding following the 2005 storm.

One conviction was thrown out in 2013. Another was thrown out last year, resulting in the latest sentencing hearing.

McRae's lawyer says a reduced sentence on remaining counts is warranted because McRae was mentally disturbed at the time of the burning.