DEL CITY, Okla. – A former Del City police captain convicted of manslaughter learns his punishment.
A judge sentenced Randy Harrison to four years behind bars.
Last year, a jury convicted Harrison of killing 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr.
The four-year sentence by the judge is exactly what the jury recommended.
Prosecutors say Harrison crossed the line, firing four shots and killing the teen as he tried to flee.
“He chose to be a bully. He chose to kill Dane Scott Jr. when he didn’t have to,” said Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater. “Police can’t murder people just because they’re mad at them.”
On the other hand, Harrison’s family defended the former captain’s actions.
“He did what he was trained to do,” said Kenny Harrison, Harrison’s brother. “Dane Scott was a violent felon who endangered numerous lives.”
Rhonda Harrison, the former captain’s sister-in-law, said, “I’ve never had anyone try to take my life but Randy did the right thing.”
In court, Harrison’s attorney asked for the sentence to be suspended.
A pre-sentence report recommended Harrison not be sent to prison.
“He could’ve got probation,” said Kenny Harrison. “He’s not a danger to the public.”
“Almost every law enforcement officer I know does things right,” said Prater. “This guy was different. He chose to cross the line and make things personal.”
Harrison asked the judge for a new trial but the judge quickly denied that request.
Harrison will appeal his verdict.