Man convicted in double police murder sentenced to 100 years
Dec. 15, 2003
Tyisha Manigo and Jay Friess
Staff Writer

James Ramiah Logan, 24, of Adelphi was sentenced to 100 years imprisonment without the possibility of parole Dec. 12 at Prince George's County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro.

Logan received the sentence for the Aug. 2002 second-degree murder of two county deputy sheriffs.

Logan's lawyers unsuccessfully attempted to convince Judge E. Allen Shepherd and the prosecution to agree to sentencing Logan to a mental institution. The defendant had problems with mental illness, according to his wife.

Logan apologized to victims' families and the begged Judge Shepherd for mercy.

"Not a day goes by that I don't think how [the murders] could have been prevented, if I had agreed to hospitalization at Prince Georgeís Hospital Center," Logan told the court. "This has been an emotional roller coaster for my whole family."

According to a Prince George's County police capture report, Logan shot and killed deputies James Arnaud and Elizabeth Magruder when they arrived at Logan's home in Adelphi, Md. on Aug. 29 to take Logan into custody on an emergency psychiatric warrant.

Logan then fled the scene in a stolen car, but was found two days later only a few miles from the crime scene.

Hours before Logan shot and killed two sheriff's deputies, his wife, Valencia Flood-Logan, wrote a petition to the county District Court in Hyattsville, that her husband, "needs to be hospitalized immediately." She reported that Logan was "extremely paranoid" and that "his condition is worsening each day."