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Judge sentences former Del City police captain in 18-year-old's death

Former Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison was sentenced in the 2012 death of Dane Scott Jr.
by Matt Dinger Modified: February 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014

Former Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed 18-year-old man following a 2012 police pursuit.

Harrison, 48, has been in the Oklahoma County jail since his first-degree manslaughter conviction in November.

District Judge Donald Deason went against the presentencing report recommendation that Harrison be given probation.

“Frankly, this presentencing investigation report is a joke. It said that Randy Harrison didn't have a drug problem. Randy Harrison was using hydrocodone the day that this occurred,” District Attorney David Prater said after sentencing.

“You're telling me Randy Harrison doesn't have a drug problem when he's using hydrocodone when he's on duty, wearing a gun, getting in a pursuit? Yeah. This presentencing investigation isn't worth the paper it was written on,” Prater said.

Hydrocodone is a prescription narcotic painkiller.

A jury convicted Harrison of shooting Dane Scott Jr. in the back March 14, 2012, after a short police pursuit that ended in a crash near SE 15 and Interstate 35. They scuffled on the ground before Harrison disarmed Scott and then fired four shots at him as he ran away.

The fourth bullet hit both lungs and his aorta, killing him.

Other Del City police officers testified during the trial that they did not consider Scott a threat as he fled.

>>Read: Jury finds Del City police captain guilty of first-degree manslaughter, gives four-year prison sentence (Published Nov. 26, 2013)

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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