David F. Kimberly Jr., the Tennessee fugitive captured after an intensive manhunt in the shooting last year of a U.S. Park Police officer on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, was sentenced to 20 years in prison today on federal assault charges.
U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Harvey II imposed consecutive sentences of 10 years each on Kimberly for assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Kimberly, 36, pleaded guilty to the charges last month, admitting he shot Officer Kelso David Wallace, who had stopped him for a routine traffic violation on the parkway near the District of Columbia line Oct. 21, 1981.
Kimberly, accompanied by his common-law wife, Sandra Lynn Whatley, 21, sped from the scene, leaving Wallace partially paralyzed with three gunshot wounds in his chest and neck. Police said Wallace was shot with a .38-caliber pistol.
Kimberly was captured almost nine months later in Key West, Fla. Whatley, who is charged as an accessory in the shooting, is still at large.
In sentencing Kimberly today, Harvey described the assault as a "brutal shooting" that will leave Wallace paralyzed and suffering intestinal disorders for the rest of his life.
Kimberly still faces state charges of robbery and auto theft in Prince George's County in connection with the case. Police say he commandeered a car from a couple in the county about an hour after the shooting and used the car for his getaway.