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Friday, March 30, 2012
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Maryland Man Sentenced to 96 Months for Shooting
His Teenaged Friend in Northwest DC
– Defendant Fired at Least Nine Times at Victim –
WASHINGTON - Dominic B. Copeland, 21, of Rockville, Md., has been sentenced to a total of 96 months incarceration in connection with a shooting that occurred on December 11, 2010, in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Copeland was sentenced on March 30, 2012, by the Honorable Ann O’Regan Keary of the District of Columbia Superior Court to 96 months for aggravated assault while armed and to a concurrent term of 84 months for possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Following his prison term, Copeland will be subject to a term of five years’ supervised release, and he must pay $200 to the D.C. Victim of Violent Crimes Compensation Fund. He must also register as a gun offender.
According to the government’s evidence, on December 11, 2010, at approximately 1:22 p.m., the victim, 19, encountered Copeland at an alley near the intersection of 13th and Allison Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Copeland and the victim had previously been friends for nine years. At first, Copeland and the victim exchanged greetings and conversed briefly. But the conversation soured, and Copeland produced a semiautomatic handgun. He fired at least nine times at the victim, and continued pulling the trigger after his firearm clip was empty. When police later arrived, they recovered nine Luger .9mm shell casings in the alley.
The victim was hit several times by the gunfire, including in the hip, thigh, and genitals area. One of the gunshot wounds came within less than two centimeters from his femoral artery, which if severed, could have resulted in a fatal loss of blood. The victim suffered excruciating pain, and for a period after the shooting, was unconscious. An ambulance took him to Howard University Hospital, where he received emergency surgery.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Detective John Cobb, the lead detective of this investigation, as well as Detectives Matthew Dailey, James Johnson (retired), Benjamin Oh, Robert Schmidt, and Collis Timlick; Sergeant Patrick Ecelberger; Firearms Examiner Robert Freese; and Officers John Allie, Ryan Beach, Tasha Bryant, Anthony Christian, Demika Hutchings, and D. Ihejirika; Crime Scene Search Officers James Burgess and Tirik Davis; and Special Agent Jennifer Banks with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. Attorney Machen thanked Victim Witness Advocate Jennifer Clark and Paralegal Assistant Debra Smith. Finally, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his special appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Magdalena Acevedo, who lead the grand-jury investigation and indicted the case, and to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Terry Eaton and Seth Adam Meinero, from the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted this case.