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Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Two District Men Convicted of Murder, Other Charges
In Slaying of Teenager in Northwest Washington
- One of the Defendants Earlier Was Convicted of a Separate Murder -
WASHINGTON - Kwan Kearney and Jeremy Risper, both 21 and both from Washington, D.C., were convicted by a jury today of charges stemming from the November 2010 slaying of a teenager in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The defendants were convicted in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of charges of first-degree murder while armed and related weapons offenses. The Honorable Thomas J. Motley scheduled sentencing for June 15, 2012. Kearney and Risper face maximum terms of 30 years to life in prison.
According to the government’s evidence, Kearney and 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 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. 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.
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 was sentenced last month to 60 years in prison.
In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department, including Detectives Brian Wise, Hosam Nasr, Michael Pepperman, Lee Littlejohn and Thomas Braxton; Officers Jeffery Zumwalt, Jason Bagshaw, Kimberly McHugh, Larry Hale, Joseph Haggerty, and Rynell Rutledge, and Mobile Crime Technicians Robert McCollum, Michael DePrince and Leother Strong. 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.