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Cop Sentenced to Home Detention for Assaulting Md. Student

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A judge has sentenced a former Prince George’s County police officer to 30 days of home detention for beating a University of Maryland student during a rowdy celebration following a Terrapin basketball victory over Duke.

The judge sentenced James Harrison on Friday to a year in jail on the assault conviction, then suspended all but 30 days and ordered Harrison to serve those through home detention. Prosecutors asked for six months behind bars.

Cpl. James Harrison was found guilty of second-degree assault, but acquitted of the misconduct charge against him in Oct.

The 2010 incident was captured on video by another student.

Harrison retired from the police department on Nov. 30, All News 99.1 reports. The other officer was acquitted in October. Harrison, who served as a policeman for more than 20 years, is no longer on the force.

Harrison’s lawyer says he’ll file a motion asking the judge to remove Harrison’s conviction from his record.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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