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Man sentenced to 13 years in death of Prince George's officer, Laurel native

A man charged in connection with the auto accident that killed 23-year-old Prince George's County Police officer Adrian Morris in 2012 was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Prince George's County Circuit Court after pleading guilty on Monday, June 9.

Kevon Darnell Neal, 24, of the 3400 block of Gennene Lane in Fort Washington, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and witness intimidation in connection with the August 2012 incident that killed Morris.

"His actions that day caused the death of Adrian Morris," Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said at a news conference.

According to Prince George's County Police, Morris and a second officer, Michael Risher, were investigating an attempted theft at the West Laurel Shell at 6600 Sandy Spring Road (Route 198 westbound) Aug. 20, 2012, which led to a car chase and, ultimately, Morris' death.

While Morris and Risher were interviewing witnesses outside the gas station, an employee noticed the suspect vehicle, a gray Acura, return to the gas station, police said.

Police said the officers chased the two men in the car onto Interstate 95 southbound, and apparently caught up with it and had communicated with the police dispatcher.

Police said Morris, who was driving, apparently lost control of his cruiser and drove into a ditch near Powder Mill Road in Beltsville.

Morris was ejected from the police cruiser, police said, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital after sustaining massive head injuries. Risher was released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said Morris was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident. Risher, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was wearing his seatbelt.

A second man, Kenneth Clark Mitchell, 24, of the 5300 block of Clay Terrace in Washington, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge last October and was sentenced to 423 days of time served.

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