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Man gets maximum sentence for 2012 murder


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who was found guilty for a 2012 murder was sentenced to double life plus 20 years, the maximum sentence the law allowed.

Joshua Benton was found guilty in May of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a handgun for the 2012 shooting death of Sharod James.

According to prosecutors, Benton and his co-defendant Mahdi Lawson shot James at a gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway in Seat Pleasant during a drug exchange.

Benton was previously acquitted of the 2008 murder of 13-year-old Alonzo Robinson in D.C.'s Trinidad neighborhood.


Police: Man threatened to set ex-girlfriend on fire


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who they say assaulted his ex-girlfriend and threatened to set her on fire.

Officials say Erick Austin assaulted a female victim, who was his former romantic partner, on Queenstown Drive in Mount Rainer.

According to the arrest warrant, Austin would physically attack the woman every time she tried to leave her apartment.

Police say he kicked her door down and threatened to set her on fire after dousing her with oil.

Deputies found Austin at the Marvin Gaye Park in D.C. and arrested him after a short foot pursuit.

He is charged with First and Second Degree Assault.


Arrests of Pr. George's brothers closes 5 warrants


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two brothers were arrested for a series of separate assaults in Prince George's County, closing five open arrest warrants in the process.

Police say Delondre Mason and Tyrico Mason were arrested last week on separate arrest warrants for first degree assault that were obtained by county police on May 2 and May 24.

Delondre Mason is alleged to have assaulted a female victim at a Beltsville residence on several occasions between September and October 2013. In one instance, Delondre retrieved and fired a long rifle styled pellet gun, striking the victim in her back while holding a small child, police say. He also allegedly struck the victim in the back of the head with a glass bottle.

After taking him into custody, officials recognized Delondre Mason's name in relation to another suspect wanted for assault: his brother, Tyrico.

Md. man sentenced 13 years for death of police officer


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man charged in the death of a Prince George's County police officer has been sentenced to 13 years for the death of PGPD Officer Adrian Morris.

Kevon Neal has been accused of leading police on a chase on Interstate 95 that ended in the death of Officer Morris in August 2012.

He pled guilty to one count of motor vehicle manslaughter and one count of witness intimidation for his role in the death of Officer Morris, according to prosecutors.

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Md. officer who shot fleeing suspect in court


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A District Heights officer who shot a fleeing suspect in 2012 is in court Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said opening arguments were expected to start mid to late afternoon in the trial of Johnnie Riley. The jury selection will resume around 2:30 p.m.

The officer is being charged with attempted murder, first and second degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and two counts of misconduct, according to authorities.

The September 2012 incident involved Riley making a traffic stop on a man, who he took into custody because the motorcycle he was riding had been stolen.

Authorities said, Riley ended up shooting at Kyle when he started running away with handcuffs on. He shot the man in the back.

The trial was scheduled to take place at the Prince George's County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Md.


Court allows video of man blinking to ID killer


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A video which shows a paralyzed man blinking to identify an alleged shooter was ruled admissible by a Maryland appeals court on Thursday.

In November 2013, a judge ruled that video showing Melvin Pate blinking at a photo lineup in his hospital room after he was shot in 2010 would not be admissible in court.

The shooting left Pate paralyzed and unable to speak. Pate passed away in 2012 from injuries sustained in the shooting.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturned the ruling Thursday.

Wanted Wednesday: Have you seen these suspects?


UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Have you seen these suspects? Prince George's County police are seeking the public's assistance in locating several suspects wanted for crimes within the county. The following information was provided by PGPD as part of its "Wanted Wednesday" campaign, photos of the suspects are available in the above gallery:

Suspects 1 and 2 -- Suspects Target Gas Station

Robbery detectives are looking for the two suspects in these pictures. One of them appears to be looking right at a surveillance camera. These suspects tried to rob a gas station in the 6000 block of Greenbelt Road in Berwyn Heights on May 17, 2014. If you recognize either of them, please call our Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905. If you'd rather not give your name, call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. There is a cash reward for the info that leads to an arrest and indictment.

Suspects 3, 4, and 5 -- Gas Station Armed Robbery