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Friday, June 15, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 45 Years
In Slaying of Teenager in Northwest Washington
- Defendant Already Serving 60-Year Sentence for Separate Murder Six Days Earlier -
WASHINGTON - Kwan Kearney, 21, from Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 45 years of incarceration for the November 2010 slaying of a teenager in Northwest Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
In March 2012, the defendant was convicted in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of charges of First Degree Murder While Armed and related weapons offenses. According to the government’s evidence, Kearney and co-defendant Jeremy Risper got into a dispute on the night of November 13, 2010 with the victim, Jamal Wilson, 19, who was a good friend of theirs. Kearney and 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. The defendants armed themselves and pursued Mr. Wilson and some friends several blocks through alleys.
The pursuit ended in a shoot-out at 12:30 a.m. November 14, 2010, in the unit block of P Street NW, in which Kearney killed Mr. Wilson with a shot through the heart. Defendant Risper was also convicted after a jury trial of First Degree Murder While Armed; his sentencing is set for July 27, 2012.
The murder of Mr. Wilson was the second committed by Kearney within six days.
Kearney was released from jail on Monday morning, November 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. He is serving a sentence of 60 years in prison for the murder of Mr. Sharps. The Court imposed today’s sentence of 45 years for the murder of Mr. Wilson to run consecutive to the prior sentence of 60 years for the murder of Mr. Sharps.
In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of those 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, Paralegal Specialists Delissa Rivers and Philip Aronson, and Victim Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker. Finally, he praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Saybolt and B. Michael Ortwein III, who tried and investigated the case. AUSA Saybolt also prosecuted the case involving the murder of Joseph Sharps, Jr.