- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Family members watching from both sides of a Rockville courtroom remained still and silent yesterday as a Montgomery County judge handed a 15-year sentence to a former U.S. marshal convicted in the shooting death of a Navy seaman.

Arthur L. Lloyd, 54, who sat beside his lawyers in a green prison jumpsuit, showed little emotion as Circuit Judge Ann S. Harrington sentenced him to 25 years, then suspended 10.

“I have to process it so I can deal with it,” Lloyd’s sister Beryl Stanley said of the decision as she stood outside the courtroom looking dazed.

During their testimony, members of Lloyd’s family portrayed him as a peaceful man distraught over his actions in the Oct. 28 shooting and asked the judge to be lenient.

“There was no intent to purposefully do harm,” said his brother, Glenn Lloyd. “He is very sorry it happened.”

“Just trying to deal with the whole situation is punishment enough,” Mrs. Stanley said.

Lloyd’s family members spoke before those of his victim, Seaman Ryan T. Stowers, 20, of Redding, Calif. Seaman Stowers’ family offered teary testimony and asked for the judge to issue the harshest punishment she could.

“If he didn’t shoot my grandson in the back, he would still be here,” said Seaman Stowers’ grandmother, Sharon Barnes. Lloyd’s “family would not be suffering. Our family would not be suffering.”

Mrs. Barnes said she wanted to see Lloyd in jail for life, but Seaman Stowers’ mother, Tricia Stowers, said Lloyd should spend 20 years in prison — one for each that her son had lived.

“He needs to realize he was wrong,” Mrs. Stowers said. “He needs to sit, and he needs to think about it every day for at least 20 years. That’s what I had with my son.

“God will forgive him. I don’t think we can,” she said.

When Lloyd was offered the chance to speak on his own behalf, he sought to explain his actions in the Rockville shopping center parking lot. He said that law-enforcement officers like him have been skittish since the September 11 attacks and that he was incensed by a barrage of profanities and racial epithets from Seaman Stowers. He also said he feared that Seaman Stowers might have been someone he had helped put in jail as a marshal and was now seeking revenge.

“I’m sorry if my reaction was an overreaction,” said Lloyd, who shot Seaman Stowers in the leg during their altercation before killing him with a bullet to his back as he drove away.

Judge Harrington delivered her sentence, which she explained had to be consistent with the verdicts jurors issued in June. Lloyd received 10 years for involuntary manslaughter, which would run concurrently with a 20-year sentence for committing a felony with a handgun. Judge Harrington also sentenced Lloyd to five years for reckless endangerment, then reduced the 25 years of total jail time to 15 years.

Defense attorneys said they plan to appeal because it hadn’t been argued during his trial that he was acting on his responsibilities as a marshal during the altercation. Judge Harrington had denied a defense request for a retrial on that basis at the start of the sentencing hearing.

Lloyd has since retired from the U.S. Marshals Service.

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