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Thursday, February 23, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
In 2010 Slaying in Southeast Washington
- Shooting Followed a Confrontation in a Parking Lot -
WASHINGTON - Katrell Henry, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 20 years in prison on charges stemming from the slaying last year of a man in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Henry was convicted by a jury in November 2011 of voluntary manslaughter while armed and three related firearms offenses. He was sentenced by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz. Upon completion of his prison term, Henry will be placed on five years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, Henry killed the victim, Laroy Bryant, 31, early September 12, 2010. The evidence showed that Henry was jealous of Mr. Bryant’s new relationship with a woman who was the mother of the defendant’s daughter.
Henry confronted Mr. Bryant in a parking lot in the 2400 block of Hartford Street SE, regarding the woman. The men had a brief, face-to-face, verbal altercation. Afterward, Henry responded by going into his nearby residence and retrieving a .22 caliber revolver. A few minutes later, Henry came back outside to the parking lot, holding the gun but concealing it against his leg. He again confronted Mr. Bryant, who then pushed the defendant.
Henry responded by firing three to four shots at Mr. Bryant, striking him in the face, chest and back. He then fled the scene. Mr. Bryant died a few hours later.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen thanked those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), including Detectives Stephen McDonald, Darin March, Anthony McGee, John Bevilacqua, Keith Batton, and Jonathan Clingerman; Officers Leonard Vaughn, Rodney Butler, Aulio Angulo, Douglas Sarsfield, Aaron Rudolph, David Murray, Petheria McIver, Charles Egan, Curtis Lancaster, and Michael Deprince, and Firearms Examiner Jonathan Pope. He also expressed appreciation for the work of Dr. Sarah Colvin, formerly of the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Sandra Lane and Victim Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker, as well as Katina Adams and La June Thames, of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit, and Leif Hickling, Will Henderson and Tracy Van Atta, of the Litigation Services Unit. Finally, he recognized the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Liebman, who prosecuted the case.