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Jury finds Del City police captain guilty of first-degree manslaughter, gives four-year prison sentence

An Oklahoma County jury found Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison guilty of first-degree manslaughter. The jury chose a four-year prison sentence.
by Matt Dinger Modified: November 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm •  Published: November 26, 2013

An Oklahoma County jury found Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison guilty of first-degree manslaughter Tuesday for shooting an unarmed man in the back.

The jury chose a sentence of four years in prison.

Harrison, 48, remained stoic as he was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom by sheriff's deputies.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 8. An appeal bond in first-degree manslaughter cases are prohibited by state statute, prosecutors said.

Dane Scott Jr., 18, was shot after leading police on a chase, scuffling with Harrison and then running away. He was disarmed by Harrison, but the officer said he feared for his life when he fired the fatal shot.

Prosecutors said Harrison crossed a line by shooting Scott when he no longer seemed to pose a threat.

“There are no winners in a case like this. The majority, I mean, vast majority of law enforcement officers in this country and this state and this city are outstanding professionals, but what the citizens need to know is: When officers cross the line, they'll be held accountable, and we will police our own,” said District Attorney David Prater, himself a former police officer.

“Everyone gets treated fairly in the justice system here.

“Dane Scott does not come back with this verdict. Randy Harrison, previously a good officer, loses his freedom and is going to be separated from his family a good number of years,” Prater said.

“This is a tough case. It had to be done. It had to be brought to a jury of 12 people to hear it because they are the citizens that determine what they will accept in their city and what they won't and this crossed the line for them.

“I pray for Dane Scott's family, I pray for Randy Harrison and his family, and I'm glad it's over,” Prater said while choking back tears.

The dead man's family declined to comment Tuesday.

Defense's reaction

“We're going to immediately start working on the appeal,” defense attorney Doug Friesen said.

One possible basis for appeal is that one juror who refused to cast a vote as to Harrison's guilt or innocence was replaced with an alternate during deliberation.

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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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