09/20/2006

Man gets 31 years for killing pentagon Va. officer

The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va.- A homeless man who killed a Pentagon police officer during a carjacking attempt has been sentenced to more than 31 years in prison.

Ossie LaRode pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder and firearms charges in the death last year of Officer James Feltis.

Feltis' murder was the first line-of-duty death in the Pentagon police force's 60-year history.

LaRode, who is 23, had faced charges that could have carried the death penalty. But he struck a plea bargain in June and pleaded guilty to lesser charges in U.S. District Court.

LaRode carjacked an elderly man at a restaurant parking lot in Alexandria (website - news) in January 2005, and led police on a chase that wound through a Pentagon parking lot. Feltis was trying to stop LaRode when he was struck.

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