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Keith Washington, a former Prince George’s County homeland security official and county police officer, was denied a retrial Tuesday for his 2008 trial, in which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, said John Erzen, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Office of the State’s Attorney.

Washington, 53, requested a new trial claiming he was misrepresented by his original, privately hired lawyer, and his new attorney alleged multiple errors in the case, Erzen said.

“We opposed [Washington] getting a new trial ... . There wasn’t anything we found in terms of misrepresentation,” Erzen said.

Washington was sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting two furniture deliverymen in 2007 at his Fort Washington home, killing one and wounding the other, Erzen said.

Washington claimed self-defense but was convicted in 2008 of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of use of a handgun while carrying out a violent crime, according to a county state’s attorney’s news release.

The judge allowed Washington to request a three-judge panel to review his sentence, which everyone is entitled to after sentencing, Erzen said.

Due to a paperwork-filing error, Washington did not receive the option to file for the panel review after he was initially sentenced, Erzen said.

“That was something he should have been able to do the first time around,” Erzen said. “Something happened in the court system that wasn’t done properly.”

If Washington and his new attorney file a panel-review request, the panel can either increase, decrease or leave Washington’s sentence the same, Erzen said.

Washington’s attorney handling the request for retrial, Daniel Ginsburg, based in Rockville, did not return calls for comment by press time.

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