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Man gets 25 years for killing 2 cops

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A Prince George’s County man will spend the next 25 years in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing two police officers in 2002.

Prince George’s Circuit Judge Allen Shepherd sentenced James Ramiah Logan to two 30-year sentences in the 2002 slayings of county sheriff’s deputies Elizabeth Magruder and James Arnaud.

The sentences, for second-degree murder, will run concurrently, and Logan was given credit for the five years he already has served. He will not appeal, said his lawyer, Michael Lawlor. Logan’s plea ends a five-year saga for the families of Arnaud and Magruder.

On the night of Aug. 29, 2002, Magruder and Arnaud went to pick up Logan at his parents’ Adelphi home for a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation requested by his wife and mother in response to erratic behavior. The officers waited on the other side of a bedroom door for Logan, who came out shooting a 9 mm handgun. Magruder was shot in the head; Arnaud was struck six times.

Logan was arrested two days later in LangleyPark. In November 2003, he was sentenced to 100 years for the murders, but the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the decision in 2005 because he had not been properly advised of his Miranda rights. A trial earlier this year resulted in a hung jury.

Families of the victims asked that Logan be given no mercy.

Derwin Magruder, husband of Elizabeth Magruder, said he struggles daily over what to tell his 8-year-old son.

"My son can go to a gravesite and see a piece of rock," he said. "All the counseling in the world won’t bring his mother back."

Given the opportunity to address families of the victims, Logan said he committed the murders with "no malice."

"Their burden is my burden," Logan said of the families.

James Arnaud’s widow, Theresa Arnaud, disputed Logan’s statement outside the courthouse later.

"He knew what he was doing," she said. "It was with malice. I mean, he shot my husband six times. Not once, six. ... He’s a coward. He’ll always be a coward, and if he doesn’t get it in this world, he’ll get it in the next world."

cmabeus@dcexaminer.com

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