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Ex-Prince George's County correctional officer sentenced in death of inmate

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Ronnie White (right) Ronnie White (right)

The Prince George's County corrections officer who found Ronnie White unresponsive in his jail cell in June of 2008 and did nothing to help him has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Anthony McIntosh, who pled guilty to one count of obstruction of justice, tried to explain his actions Monday by telling the court he was afraid of dead people.

White was facing charges for killing a police officer and had been in the jail for just over a day when McIntosh says he found him hanging inside his cell.

Just before McIntosh stood before the court and apologized for what he did, telling Judge Alexander Williams there was no excuse, his lawyer told the court McIntosh walked away from White's jail cell that day because he was afraid of the dead. In fact, Deborah Boardman said McIntosh so feared the dead, he didn't attend his father’s funeral.

In a hearing that lasted just over an hour, prosecutors told the court what McIntosh did inside that jail cell in June of 2008 was nothing less than a “cover up” and what happened to White remains “an open question.”

Judge Williams told a courtroom filled with family members on both sides that no one knows if White was murdered or if he killed himself, and what McIntosh did by lying, "enflamed and fueled the skepticism of a public who saw something fishy taking place.”

But the defense argued McIntosh was "scared when he found White hanging in his cell and he did not want someone to die on his watch.”

Deborah Boardman told the court as soon as McIntosh heard the medical examiner ruled White's death a homicide, he came forward with the truth.

White's mother tearfully told the court the family doesn't believe McIntosh and they think others were involved. She declined to comment outside.

19-year-old Ronnie White was accused of hitting Officer Richard Findley with a stolen truck as he left a Laurel apartment complex in June of 2008.

Less than 36 hours later, when White was found dead in his cell, the public and even elected officials feared vigilantism inside the Prince George's County jail.

The convicted felon got a special escort out the back door of the federal courthouse in Greenbelt and into a car with his mother and brothers.

The family was allowed into a restricted area so McIntosh would not have to walk out the front door.

McIntosh is the only person to have been charged in connection with White's death.

He has been jobless and living with his mother in Brooklyn, N.Y., the last several years.

Judge Williams gave McIntosh 45 days to turn himself in.

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