One P.G. officer convicted in 2010 beating case

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One Prince George's County police officer was found guilty of second-degree assault for the March 2010 beating of a University of Maryland student, while another officer was acquitted of all charges late Friday evening.

Officer James Harrison Jr. was found guilty for the beating of student John McKenna, an act that was caught on tape during a rowdy celebration following a University of Maryland basketball game, the Washington Post reported. A jury found Harrison not guilty of misconduct while in office.

Officer Reginald Baker, who was also seen in the video hitting McKenna with his baton, was acquitted of both charges.

Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Beverly Woodard dismissed first-degree assault charges against both officers on Wednesday.

Prince George's County officials have already agreed to pay McKenna $2 million in a settlement, as well as $1.6 million in settlements to nine others involved in the celebrations in March 2010, according to the Post.

Harrison's sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 14. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Both Harrison and Baker remain suspended with pay until police can determine their future status with the department, Police Chief Mark Magaw told the Post.

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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