UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP)- A former Maryland officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed man is set to be sentenced in Prince George's County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Former District Heights police Sgt. Johnnie Riley's sentencing comes more than two months after his original sentencing was delayed because he tried to attack prosecutors in court.
Riley, also an Iraq war veteran, was convicted of assault, using a handgun during a violent crime and misconduct in office. The 44-year-old faces between five and 45 years in prison.
In September 2012, prosecutors say Riley shot a handcuffed man, identified as Kalvin Kyle, in the back after Kyle got out of a police cruiser and began to run away; Kyle was left paralyzed. Riley had earlier pulled Kyle on suspicion of driving a stolen motorcycle.