A 29-year-old Northeast Washington man was sentenced to a term of 4-to-12 years in prison in a case in which another man was mistakenly convicted of murder and spent nearly five years in jail.

Richard E. Harris, of 612 14th St. NE, earlier had pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the 1974 shooting death of Rodney Frazier during an attempted drug robbery.

Harris said at his sentencing before D.C. Superior Court Judge Paul R. Webber III that he was sorry Frazier had been killed. Harris also expressed regret that an innocent man, Bradford Brown, had been sent to prison for slaying Frazier.

Brown was arrested shortly after a Nov. 2, 1974, shooting at Frazier's Northeast Washington home in which Frazier was shot. He later died.

Brown was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after witnesses testified that Brown was the gunman.

Last month Harris admitted shooting Frazier after he attempted to steal drugs at gunpoint from Frazier's home. Brown was cleared in the case in June after a police detective uncovered new evidence in the case that led to Harris.