Man sentenced for lying about Katrina shootings

September 14, 2011 - 7:10 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about what he saw during deadly police shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

Marion David Ryder apologized after sentencing hugged Lance Madison, the brother of the mentally disabled man who was gunned down by police on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm.

Madison was arrested after Ryder claimed he shot at him near the bridge. Ryder was posing as a St. Landry Parish sheriff's deputy on the day of the shootings.

Federal prosecutors say Ryder never saw any armed residents and lied when he told police that somebody had shot at him.

Ryder was the only civilian charged in the federal probe.