Baltimore police instructor sentenced in trainee shooting case

TOWSON, Md. - A Baltimore City Police instructor was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in jail with all but 60 days suspended for accidently shooting a recruit in the head during a training exercise in February.

William Kern was found guilty in October of reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting of Raymond Gray, a police trainee who was critically injured by the gunshot. The incident took place Feb. 12 at the former Rosewood Center in Owings Mills.

Kern, who was also sentenced to two years of probation and will have to undergo psychiatric counseling, apologized in court. He said this is "something he will have to live with the rest of his life."

Kern's attorney argued that his client had suffered enough, as he has lost his job and fears losing his pension a little more than a year before being fully vested. His attorney added that Kern made a poor decision but never intended to harm anyone.

Kern, 46, was an 18-year veteran of the police department.

Gray has also filed a $50 million law suit in connection with the training incident. In addition to Kern, the suit names Commissioner Anthony Batts, Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings-Blake, the city council, and Baltimore County Police Department as defendants.

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