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Ex-cop to be sentenced today for Marlo delivery shootings

Washington, D.C. Radio WTPO - May 27, 2008

Keith Washington faces up to a 70 year sentence.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- A former Prince George's County police officer and homeland security official who shot two furniture deliveryman in his home will be sentenced today. Former police Cpl. Keith Allen Washington was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and two counts of using a handgun in a crime of violence and assault. He faces up to a 70 year sentence, with a minimum of 10 years for his gun convictions. Washington was deputy director of the county's homeland security department when he shot two unarmed furniture delivery men in his Accokeek home on Jan. 24, 2007. One of the delivery men, 22-year-old Brandon Clark, died of his wounds nine days later. His co-worker, Robert White, was seriously injured. Washington, 46, said he fired in self-defense. During the trial, Washington testified that the two men were savagely beating him and that he fired blindly to get them off. White told the jury that the shootings were unprovoked. Washington's attorneys had tried to delay the sentencing until after his case is appealed. He is being kept apart from the rest of the prison population, as is often done when a police officer is behind bars. Corrections officials allegedly found a handcuff key in Washington's shirt while he was being transported from the county detention center to a jail in Calvert County.

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