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District Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison
In Slaying of Teenager in Northwest Washington
- He and Another Man Armed Themselves and Chased the Victim For Blocks -

     WASHINGTON - Jeremy Risper, 22, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 35 years in prison on charges stemming from the November 2010 slaying of a teenager in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Risper was found guilty by a jury in March 2012 after a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of charges of first-degree murder while armed and related weapons offenses. He was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas J. Motley.

     A co-defendant, Kwan Kearney, 21, also of Washington, D.C., was convicted of the same charges by the jury. Kearney, who fired the fatal shot, was sentenced in June 2012 to a 45-year prison term in the case.

     According to the government’s evidence, Kearney and Risper got into a dispute on the night of Nov. 13, 2010 with the victim, Jamal Wilson, 19, who was a good friend of theirs. Kearney and Mr. Wilson had a falling-out the night of the murder when Kearney got into a fight and Mr. Wilson and other friends of Kearney’s refused to help.

     Risper, who had no hand in the dispute, chose to arm himself along with Kearney and joined Kearney in pursuing Mr. Wilson and some friends several blocks through alleys. The pursuit ended in a shoot-out at 12:30 a.m. Nov. 14, 2010, in the unit block of P Street NW, in which Kearney killed Mr. Wilson with a shot through the heart.

     The murder of Mr. Wilson was the second committed by Kearney within six days.

     Kearney was released from jail on Monday morning, Nov. 8, 2010. That night, he killed another teenager in the District of Columbia. Kearney fatally shot that victim, Joseph Sharps, Jr., 17, in the 1300 block of Holbrook Street NE. The victim and an 18-year-old friend were walking to Joseph’s home when Kearney and another of his associates attacked them. The friend was hit in the leg. Kearney was convicted in December 2011 of first-degree murder while armed and other charges in that attack and later was sentenced to 60 years in prison in that case.

     In announcing today’s sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the detectives, officers and mobile crime technicians who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Intelligence Analyst Sharon Johnson, Litigation Support Specialist Kimberly Smith, Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker, and Paralegal Specialists Delissa Rivers and Phillip Aronson.

     Finally, he praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Saybolt and B. Michael Ortwein III, who tried and investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Saybolt also prosecuted the case involving the murder of Joseph Sharps, Jr.





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