Man convicted in deputies' deaths sentenced
Dec. 18, 2003
--Tyisha Manigo and Jay Friess




James Ramiah Logan, 24, of Adelphi was sentenced to 100 years imprisonment without parole Friday in Prince George's County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro. Logan received the sentence for the 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 has a history of mental illness.

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

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 on Aug. 29 to take him into custody on an emergency psychiatric warrant.

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

Hours before Logan shot and killed two sheriff's deputies, his wife, Valencia Flood-Logan, petitioned the county District Court in Hyattsville to hospitalize her husband immediately. She reported that Logan was "paranoid" and that "his condition was worsening."