- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 15, 2001

A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Silver Spring man to life in prison without parole for the murder of an undercover Maryland state trooper in Northeast Washington.
Kofi Apea Orleans-Lindsay, 24, avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to first-degree murder of a person aiding a federal investigation.
"To his credit, he has accepted responsibility for this heinous crime," U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said after accepting the Ghanaian's guilty plea.
Less than three weeks after he was federally deputized for anti-drug probes, Trooper 1st Class Edward M. Toatley, 37, was fatally shot by Orleans-Lindsay, the subject of a sting operation who had sold crack cocaine to the undercover officer on three occasions in September 2000, federal prosecutor Glenn L. Kirschner told the court yesterday.
Cpl. Toatley, posthumously promoted by Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening from trooper 1st class, was the father of two sons and a daughter, all of whom "greatly miss their dad," his widow, Inez Toatley, told the court.
"[His death] is when my world and my children's world fell apart," Mrs. Toatley said. "My son will never have his father at baseball games. My daughter will never have her father at dance classes."
Orleans-Lindsay admitted yesterday that he directed Cpl. Toatley to drive him to the 2000 block of Douglas Street NE. He acknowledged he did not know the Toyota 4-Runner was equipped with three surveillance cameras.
Upon arriving at that location, Cpl. Toatley gave Orleans-Lindsay $3,500 in cash for an eighth of a kilogram of crack cocaine.
Orleans-Lindsay left the vehicle, saying he would get the crack, returned minutes later and opened the passenger-side door.
Orleans-Lindsay pointed a pistol at Cpl. Toatley and fired one shot into his head. He was removed from respirators at Washington Hospital Center an hour later.
Orleans-Lindsay fled to New York City, where he was apprehended two weeks later after an extensive manhunt.

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