Demetri Antone Dixon was sentenced to three years in prison Monday in the death of his cellmate 13 months ago at the Maryland Correctional Training Center.
Because of the unusual circumstances surrounding the Jan. 8, 1999, death of Mervin James Isley, Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright agreed that the sentence would be served concurrently with the 15-year term Dixon is serving. He is imprisoned at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore.
Dixon, 20, entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter. The maximum penalty could have been an additional 10-year sentence.
"This case raises the question of why these two people were housed together," Wright said. "There was an atmosphere for violence."
Isley was serving a 23-year sentence for drug convictions dating from March 1998. In his 30s, he was from Prince George's County.