False accusation in Harrington case
An Alexandria man who called in a false tip to Virginia State Police in which he accused another man of kidnapping Morgan Harrington from a Charlottesville rock concert last fall has been convicted of obstruction of justice, police said Thursday.
Police set up a tip line for people to call after Harrington's disappearance on Oct. 17, 2009. State police said Alvin T. Daniels, 51, called the tip line on Nov. 11 and anonymously provided the name of a 34-year-old Prince William County man he said was responsible.
Investigators checked out the tip, promptly determined that the Prince William man was not involved with Harrington, and soon determined the identity of the anonymous caller.
The false accusation was "an act of vengeance on the part of Daniels," state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Thursday.
Daniels was arrested in June and charged with a misdemeanor in Appomattox County, where the state police tip line was located.
Harrington's body was found on a farm outside Charlottesville in January. No one has been charged in that case.
Daniels went to trial on Wednesday in Appomattox General District Court, records show, where he was found guilty and given a six-month jail sentence, with all the time suspended. He was also placed on 12 months of unsupervised probation, ordered not to have any contact with his victim and pay more than $1,600 to the state police as restitution for the time spent chasing down the phony lead, Geller said.
"The public does need to be aware that there are penalties for purposely misleading investigators with a tip," State Police Lt. Joe Rader said in a news release. "In this instance, our investigators had to spend valuable time away from the Morgan Harrington case in order to vet an intentional false lead.”
The investigation into Morgan Harrington’s disappearance and death continues. The Virginia State Police tip line is 434-352-3467.
-- Tom Jackman
August 12, 2010; 4:13 PM ET
Categories: Homicide , Tom Jackman , Unsolved , Updates , Virginia
Save & Share: Previous: Man, 19, shot in Northwest D.C. dies
Next: 2 years for check-stealing postal worker
Posted by: brandip_77 | August 12, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: starbucks1 | August 13, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: starbucks1 | August 13, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 13, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: starbucks1 | August 13, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: t_retz | August 15, 2010 2:44 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.