FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 13, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 23-Year Prison Term
In Slaying Last Year in Southeast Washington
- Fired Gunshots as Victim Tried to Flee, Hitting Him in the Back -
WASHINGTON - Calvin Monroe, 33, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 23 years of incarceration for killing a man last summer in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Monroe, also known as “Dough,” pled guilty in September 2011 to a charge of second degree murder while armed. He was sentenced by the Honorable William M. Jackson in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
According to the government’s evidence, Monroe had known the victim, Lonnie Whitted, 27, for several years. In the months preceding the murder, Monroe and his brother had been engaged in an ongoing dispute with Whitted. At about 12:15 a.m. on July 7, 2011, Monroe’s brother and Whitted got into a fist fight in the 1900 block of 18th Street SE. Calvin Monroe then walked to the two men and began firing a handgun at Whitted. As Whitted, unarmed, fled across the street, Calvin Monroe continued to fire the gun. Whitted eventually collapsed and died from his injuries. He had been shot three times in the back.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Branch, along with MPD Detectives King Watts and Charles Fultz. U.S. Attorney Machen also praised the work of Paralegal Fern Rhedrick. Lastly, Mr. Machen thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Pearlman, who investigated the case.