Man shot by police gets 8 years

The Baltimore Sun

A man who was shot by Baltimore police officers during a traffic stop two years ago was sentenced yesterday to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

Cornell Slater, 22, admitted in court to selling cocaine, prosecutors said. He qualified for a longer sentence because he has been convicted twice before in state court of offenses that include crimes of violence and drugs.

Baltimore police said officers stopped Slater's car Oct. 12, 2006, at Cottage and Violet avenues in Northwest Baltimore for a traffic infraction. Police said Slater sped off after stopping and was chased to an alley off Pimlico Road. Police said Slater accelerated and struck an officer with the car.

Police said three officers opened fire, hitting Slater in the chest and hand. Police said they found a plastic bag containing 25 vials of crack cocaine in Slater's clothing and a 9mm handgun under the driver's seat. The officer was treated and released from a hospital.

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