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Former NYPD officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley in Feburary, met briefly Thursday morning with Gurley’s domestic partner, Kimberly Ballinger, to offer an apology to the now-single mother.

The two met​ in Brooklyn District Attorney ​Ken Thompson’s ​downtown office​ around 10:45 ​a.m. and spoke for about five minutes, Liang’s attorney Paul Shectman said.

“Peter began it, and just said that he had wanted to tell her how sorry he was that she lost a loved one,” Shectman told The Post. “He said this past year had been hard for him, but he couldn’t even imagine how painful it must have been for her and her child.”

Both Liang and Ballinger have called themselves people of few words, She​c​tman said, which was reiterated today as they sat across from each other for the short meeting.

Ballinger spoke briefly as well, her attorney Scott Rynecki said.

“She wanted him to know how his actions had affected her life, and her daughter Akaila’s life,” Rynecki told The Post.

“She wanted him to hear her say that Akaila was now fatherless, and that she was now a single parent,” Rynecki continued, adding that Liang “sat and listened.”

No tears were shed, the attorneys said.

At the end, they shook hands, Shectman said, adding that there were no plans to meet again before Liang’s sentencing. They left separately.

Thompson released a statement Wednesday night recommending Liang be sentenced to only five years of probation, plus the condition that he serve six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, and perform 500 hours of community service.

Gurley’s family said they were “outraged” by the recommendation, and held a press conference outside Thompson’s office Thursday morning in protest.

Both the former officer and Ballinger are expected to address the court when Liang is scheduled for sentencing April 14.