Judges uphold 100-year sentence of deputiesí killer
June 16, 2004
Sonsyrea Tate
Staff Writer




A panel of three judges has ruled that the man found guilty of slaying two Prince George's County Sheriff's deputies should serve his 100-year prison sentence.

Two judges from Prince Georgeís and one judge from Charles County delivered their ruling Tuesday, dealing a blow to the hopes of James Ramiah Logan. Logan was convicted by a jury last November of fatally shooting Deputy sheriffs James V. Arnaud and Elizabeth L. Magruder while they were serving a petitioner for emergency evaluation on him.

The shootings occurred in August 2002, making Arnaud and Magruder the first deputies killed in the 100-year history of the county sheriff's office.

Judges James J. Lombardi and Maureen Lamasney, both of Prince George's County Court, and Judge Steven G. Chapelle of Charles County, upheld the sentence on two counts of second degree murder (30 years each) and two counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony (20 years each). The sentences will run consecutively. Logan will spend at least 50 years in jail before he is eligible for parole.

The ruling was unanimous.

Logan had sought to serve his sentence in the Patuxent Mental Health Facility, but will instead go to jail for the full term of the sentence originally imposed.

After the hearing, Stateís Attorney Glenn Ivey said, "The horrific nature of these slayings called out for the maximum sentence. The original trial and sentencing showed this. Mr. Logan killed not only two committed public servants but he also devastated two entire families for generations to come." Ivey said the reconsideration panel's decision might bring closure to the deputies' families. "We hope that now, the families can finally begin the healing process," said Ivey.