Former Cop Gets 45 Years in Prison for Shooting Late Deliverymen

A former Prince George's County police officer who also served as a county homeland security official has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting two furniture delivery men last year.

Keith Washington received the maximum sentence Tuesday from Circuit Court Judge Michael Whelan for the January 2007 shooting that left one delivery man dead and the other seriously wounded. The two men had gone to Washington's Accokeek house to drop off bed rails.

Twenty-two year old Brandon Clark was killed with 37-year-old Robert White was badly hurt during a confrontation. Washington said during his trial that the two men attacked him, but prosecutors said Washington had a volatile temper and that the shooting was unprovoked.

Washington was convicted in February of involuntary manslaughter, two gun charges and two counts of first-degree assault.

Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn Ivey says the sentence was appropriate for a person who opened fire "basically because bedroom furniture was delivered late."