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Friday, June 22, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 22-Year Prison Term
In Killing of Would-Be Good Samaritan
-Victim Tried to Stop the Defendant From Robbing a Woman -
WASHINGTON - Terrell Kelly, 27, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment for his role in the beating, stabbing and murder of a person who tried to come to the aid of a robbery victim, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Kelly pled guilty in March 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to a charge of second-degree murder while armed in the murder of Kyree Seabook. He was sentenced on June 19, 2012 by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck.
According to the government’s evidence, shortly after 4 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2009, Kelly forcibly robbed a woman in the 4000 block of Fourth Street NE, taking a bottle of liquor from her. Seeing the robbery, Mr. Seabook approached Kelly and instructed him to return the bottle, telling Kelly that what he had just done was not right.
Not only did Kelly not return the bottle of liquor, he reacted to the would-be Good Samaritan with violence and, ultimately, murder. First, Kelly and a second individual threw Mr. Seabook to the ground. They repeatedly punched, kicked, and stomped the defenseless victim. Then one of the perpetrators announced, “Drag him down the alley.”
Kelly and his cohort then dragged Mr. Seabook into a nearby alley, where they repeatedly stabbed him in his chest, abdomen, and arm. They then fled the scene, leaving Mr. Seabook to bleed to death. The District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later identified four stab wounds to the victim’s chest/abdomen, and another three to the left arm. The fatal stab wound struck Mr. Seabook’s heart.
Kelly was arrested in this case on Feb. 12, 2011, and has remained in custody ever since. No other arrests have been made in the case.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of Metropolitan Police Department. U.S. Attorney Machen also expressed appreciation to Paralegal Phaylyn Hunt and Witness Advocate Marci Rinker, who were instrumental in preparing the case for trial.
Finally, U.S. Attorney Machen thanked Assistant United States Attorney Melinda A. Williams, who investigated, indicted, and prosecuted the case.