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Monday, September 26, 2011

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District Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
For Obstruction of Justice, Other Charges
- Defendant Threatened to Shoot Girlfriend and Her Family -

     WASHINGTON - Charles Smoke, 23, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to three years of incarceration on felony charges stemming from threats he made earlier this year to shoot his girlfriend and her family, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Smoke pled guilty in July 2011 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to charges of obstruction of justice, felony threats to do bodily harm, and felony contempt. He was sentenced September 23, 2011 by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck.

      According to the government’s evidence, on February 22, 2011, at approximately 11:25 a.m., Smoke argued with his child’s mother over the telephone. During this argument, he threatened the victim, telling her that he was armed and would shoot everyone in the house. Two Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers, who had reported to the home on East Capitol Street SE in response to a prior domestic disturbance, were in the room with the victim and her family and heard Smoke make the threat over a speaker in the telephone.

     Smoke was arrested later that day and charged with threats to do bodily harm. The next day, he was ordered by the Court to stay away from his child’s mother and to refrain from having contact with her. Despite the order, he called the victim and tried to persuade her to tell the government that she wanted to drop the case. He also called the victim on other dates, in contempt of the court’s order to stay away from her.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended MPD Detective Sabrina Young, and Officers David Tucker and Travis Gray of the Sixth District, who investigated the case. He also expressed his appreciation to Paralegal Jason Manuel and Legal Assistant Charmonique Price, who prepared the case for indictment, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who indicted and prosecuted the case.



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