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District Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting an Acquaintance In Night-time Confrontation in Northwest Washington
- Defendant Fired Four Shots Into the Victim -

     WASHINGTON - Marcus A. Owens, 41, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to charges in connection with a shooting that occurred in February 2012 in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Owens pled guilty on March 30, 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to the charge of aggravated assault while armed with a firearm, a felony. He is to be sentenced on June 15, 2012 by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz and faces up to 30 years in prison.

     According to the government’s evidence, on February 1, 2012, at approximately 9:38 p.m., the victim, 23, and Owens were near the 800 block of Butternut Street, N.W., when Owens produced a silver and black 9mm firearm and pointed it at the victim. Owens fired 2 shots into the victim’s stomach, another shot toward the victim’s head, grazing it, and finally a fourth shot into the victim’s foot. Witnesses observed Owens walking away from the crime scene carrying a firearm. Concerned citizens called 9-1-1 and an ambulance transported the victim to the hospital for emergency surgery.

     Metropolitan Police Officers who responded to the area observed Owens, who matched the description of the suspect from the shooting, enter a taxi cab on nearby Georgia Avenue, N.W. together with a female companion. Police conducted a traffic stop on the taxi and observed a firearm in the backseat floor of the taxi – under Owens’ foot. Shell casings that were recovered by police from the crime scene matched the caliber of the firearm recovered from underneath Owens’ foot. The victim later positively identified Owens as the person who shot him. The victim had met Owens through mutual acquaintances.

     In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Detective Matthew Dailey, the lead detective of this investigation, as well as Detectives Robert Schmidt, Collis Timlick and Michael Cashman; Officers Anthony Attardo, Jean Gautreaux, Kimberly Kniffen, James Kearney, Alfonso Matos, Sean McCloskey, and Travis Westbrook and Crime Scene Search Officers Darenn Joseph BeMiller and Israel Ruiz. U.S. Attorney Machen praised the efforts of Victim Witness Advocate Jennifer Clark and Paralegal Assistant Debra McPherson. Finally, he expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Eaton from the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted this case.





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