Man charged with deputy murders sentenced to 100 years
Nov. 14, 2003
Tiesha Higgins
Staff writer

The man convicted in the shooting deaths of two sheriff’s deputies will face up to 100 years in prison when he goes for sentencing in the Prince George’s County Circuit Court next month.

James Ramiah Logan, 25, was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of handgun use in the commission of a felony. Jurors decided on a verdict after 10 hours of deliberation over a three-day period. Because Logan was convicted of second-degree murder instead of first-degree murder, he will not face the death penalty.

"We are pleased with the verdict reached today. It culminates months of hard work on the part of our prosecutors. We want to help the family feel some sense of closure and justice. We believe this verdict reflects the facts in the case and takes into account that the defendant should be held responsible for his actions," said State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.

On Aug. 29, 2002, deputy sheriffs James Arnaud and Elizabeth Magruder were shot to death while attempting to serve Logan with a court order for an emergency psychological evaluation. Logan was arrested and charged on Aug. 31.

"Typically, offenders charged with murder against law enforcement are not awarded parole the first time around," added Ivey spokesman Ramon Korionoff.