Saturday, March 08, 2014 1:03 AM
Published on: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By Jim Davis
A former Prince George’s County police officer convicted of selling seized weapons was sentenced last Thursday to seven years in prison.
Juan Carter, a 13-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department, was found guilty of three counts of misconduct in office and four counts of theft over $500, according to Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.
Carter had been a member of PGPD’s firearms interdiction team and was responsible for logging in all guns seized from individuals who were not authorized to have them.
From Aug. 5, 2008, through Oct.3, 2009, 29 guns that were seized were not logged into police property.
Police officials said 12 of the guns have been recovered and police are still searching for the other 17.
One of the guns recovered was used during an attempted carjacking of an off-duty county police officer, who had his left middle finger shot off during the incident. Another gun was used during a domestic dispute in Baltimore, police said.
Carter, who was suspended last year, was released after posting a $200,000 bond on Jan. 14. The indictment stemmed from an internal investigation into the theft of several confiscated guns.
“Today’s sentencing of a former Prince George’s County police officer underscores my commitment to ethical policing. We will continue to identify and hold accountable any police officer who tarnishes our badge. The decent, hard-working police officers on our agency demand it, and our residents deserve it,” Police Chief Mark Magaw said.
Carter was allowed to retire from the police department, which will also allow him to receive a monthly pension check from the county, according to a source.
“This verdict is a victory for the citizens of Prince George’s County. It shows them that we are willing to police our own and that the system works,” Alsobrooks said. “While nobody celebrates the downfall of a police officer, we are willing to do what is just in these cases.”
A spokesperson for Prince George ’s County’s State’s Attorney’s Office added, “It is a non-violent offense, so he has to serve 25 percent of it (the sentence) before he is eligible for parole. So he will serve at least 2.5 years. The judge gave him credit for 93 days in jail already.”