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Cop Killer Sentenced to Death

Cop Killer Sentenced to Death

Associated Press

May 20, 2011

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A Maryland man convicted of killing a Delaware police officer in 2009 was sentenced to death Friday by a judge who described him as a dangerous career criminal.

Derrick Powell of Cumberland, Md., hung his head but said nothing after Judge. T. Henley Graves imposed the death penalty for the September 2009 murder of Georgetown patrolman Chad Spicer.

Spicer was struck in the face by a single bullet as he sat in the passenger seat of a police cruiser following the pursuit of a car carrying Powell and two other men. The pursuit began after Powell shot at a drug dealer he was trying to rob in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, jurors were told.

Graves rejected defense arguments that Powell, 24, should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole because he was not the “worst of the worst,” but the product of an abusive and dysfunctional childhood home.

Graves said there was nothing in the evidence to suggest that Powell was taught to be “a career criminal” or “involved in a drug-selling, gun-carrying world.”

“The sad fact is that too many people are raised in dysfunctional families,” Graves said, adding that most do not devote themselves to a life of crime.

“Mr. Powell did what exactly what he wanted to do, regardless of the consequences,” said the judge, noting that Powell began selling drugs “at a very early age,” then turned to robbery and more violent crimes.

“He is explosive. He is violent. He is a dangerous person,” Graves said, adding that “there are consequences to decisions made in life.”

After reviewing all the evidence and the jury’s 7-5 recommendation that Powell be executed, Graves said he concluded that the aggravating circumstances favoring the death penalty outweighed the mitigating circumstances favoring life without parole.

“The sentence, therefore, must be death,” the judge said, as soft applause from the supporters of Spicer’s family mixed with sobbing from Powell’s mother and stepmother.

“Killing our brother is not going to bring him back,” a young woman shouted outside the courthouse as she got into an SUV with a Maryland license plate.

As they left the courthouse accompanied by Attorney General Beau Biden, Spicer’s parents, Norman and Ruth Ann Spicer, said simply that “justice was served.”



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    Halefo5

    about 3 years ago

    166 Comments

    I have always believed that when you take someone's life unprovoked you forfeit yours. Their is no humane reason to keep someone alive that while committing a crime kills someone in his or her attempt in committing that crime. I believe in this case justice should be swift.

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    HeadShot

    about 3 years ago

    736 Comments

    As the comedian Steve Harvey once said "If you kill somebody, you got to go!" Kudos to the judge.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    The judge did good on this one. You know, when uses the terms brain damage or mentally ill, the should pay the price for the crime. It's time to teach a lesson. There are some that need to be considered, for lawyers to continue to use that as an excuse. I proud and stand 100% behind the judge in the sentencing.

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    AKangel

    about 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Bump 36TR,
    The way is should be, Rest in peace Officer Spicer, Godspeed Sir

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    GMcAvin

    about 3 years ago

    152 Comments

    Some good news! Sweet!

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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    The right sentence for the right person. Rest in Peace, Officer Spicer.

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    philfroggy

    about 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    I hope that the sentence will stand, It should be a mandatory death sentence

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    Redsky

    about 3 years ago

    2918 Comments

    As it should be for all those convicted of killing an LEO. He chose his path and now he will answer for it, the Justice System definately worked in this case.

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    Andrea312

    about 3 years ago

    516 Comments

    Noone can force you to kill someone. Its the decision you make yourself. He chose to take a life. In return the Judge chose to take his. Justice is served, as long as the courrts follow through. Which I seriously hope they do!! There are many people that are raised in abusive and dysfunctional homes that don't grow up to be murderers.

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    GodblessTexas

    about 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    he was rightfully convicted of murder and therefore should and IS sentenced to the death penalty. He chose his path and now he will answer for it. The Justice System definately worked in this case! My prayers go out to the survivng families of the fallen officer.

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    SpencerStangz

    about 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    we must all answer for our actions one way or another. whether he is eventually executed or gets life without parole, i pray that LEOs family look elsewhere for comfort. we can't always depend of the court system. we can depend on God. RIP Officer Spicer

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    36TR

    about 3 years ago

    7620 Comments

    As it should be for all those convicted of killing an LEO!!

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    bstites

    about 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    Good. This dirtbag gets what he needs...

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