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February 5, 2014

Ex-police captain gets four-year term in fatal shooting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma police captain convicted of first-degree manslaughter was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison in the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot in the back as he ran away following a scuffle.

Oklahoma County District Judge Donald Deason handed down the sentence to former Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison in the March 14, 2012, death of Dane Scott Jr., 18.

Scott was shot following a chase that began when Harrison tried to pull over Scott’s car. The pair scuffled when the chase ended, and Scott pointed a handgun at Harrison’s head before Harrison disarmed him.

Harrison, 48, had previously arrested Scott on drug violations, and prosecutors said his pursuit of the teenager crossed the line from professional to personal. The defense portrayed Scott as a drug dealer and said Harrison believed the teen was reaching for a second weapon at the time he was shot.

Deason sentenced Harrison after Scott’s father, Dane Scott Sr., and mother, Deloise Dockins, read emotional statements describing the impact the death of their son had had on them. Harrison, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and shackled, stood nearby.

Defense attorney Carolyn Merritt pleaded for Deason to sentence Harrison, a 23-year veteran officer, to probation. A presentencing investigation report by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections had recommended that Harrison receive probation.

But District Attorney David Prater urged the judge to impose a prison sentence and said Harrison had made inconsistent statements about his actions on the day Scott died.

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