A man was sentenced Thursday to 195 Years in Prince George's Police Detective Jacai Colson's Death.
a jury convicted 25-year-old Michael Ford of second-degree murder and other charges in the March 2016 shooting death of Prince George's County police Detective Jacai Colson. A prosecutor said even though Ford didn't fire the fatal shot, he created a "combat zone'' outside the station and caused Colson's death.
Although Colson was killed by a fellow officer who mistook him as the gunman firing at the station, a Prince George’s County jury convicted Ford in November of second-degree murder for creating the conditions that led to the deadly shooting.
Police said Ford’s two younger brothers, Elijah and Malik Ford, who pleaded guilty to charges related to the shooting, were also sentenced Thursday. Elijah Ford was sentenced to 12 years in prison; Malik Ford was sentenced to 20 years.
Authorities said the two younger brothers drove Ford to the police station and videotaped the shooting with their cellphones, intending to post it on WorldstarHipHop.com, a website known for outrageous, sometimes violent, videos.
Colson's family says Officer Taylor Krauss, who shot Colson, is being protected in a political cover-up.
“I do not for the life of me understand why Officer Taylor Krauss killed my son,” Colson’s mother said. “I’ve come to the realization that my son was killed because he was black.”
Colson was a four-year veteran of the department and 28-year-old native of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania.