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District Heights cop convicted in shooting of handcuffed man has court outburst

Former District Heights police officer Johnnie Riley. (file photo)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Officials say a former District Heights police sergeant convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed man tried to attack prosecutors at his sentencing.

The Prince George's County State's Attorney's office says sheriff's deputies had to subdue 44-year-old Johnnie Riley at the Tuesday hearing.

Riley's attorney said his client's actions came after a prosecutor said Riley should be held to a higher standard because of his service in Iraq and position as an officer.

Riley's sentencing was rescheduled for Oct. 15.

Riley was convicted in June of assault, using a handgun during a violent crime and misconduct in office.

In September 2012, prosecutors said Riley shot a handcuffed man in the back after the man got out of a police cruiser and began to run away.

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