District Heights cop convicted in shooting of handcuffed man has court outburst

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Officials say a former District Heights police sergeant convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed man tried to attack prosecutors at his sentencing.

Former District Heights police officer Johnnie Riley. (file photo)

The Prince George's County State's Attorney's office says sheriff's deputies had to subdue 44-year-old Johnnie Riley at the Tuesday hearing.

Riley's attorney said his client's actions came after a prosecutor said Riley should be held to a higher standard because of his service in Iraq and position as an officer.

Riley's sentencing was rescheduled for Oct. 15.

Riley was convicted in June of assault, using a handgun during a violent crime and misconduct in office.

In September 2012, prosecutors said Riley shot a handcuffed man in the back after the man got out of a police cruiser and began to run away.

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