FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 26, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 12-Year Prison Term
For Shooting on Northwest Washington Basketball Court
-Two Victims Were Hit as They Tried to Flee-
WASHINGTON – Deangelo Jones, 22, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a 12-year prison term on charges stemming from a shooting that took place last year on a basketball court in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Jones pled guilty in July 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to assault with a gun against a juvenile, possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was sentenced by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz. Upon completion of his prison term, Jones will be placed on three years of supervised release.
As part of the plea, Jones admitted that on Aug. 23, 2011, the day that an earthquake struck the Washington D.C., region, he entered the basketball courts at Shaw Recreation Center, at 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW, at about 6:50 p.m. He fired multiple shots from a 9mm handgun across the crowded courts, causing those who had been using the courts, the adjacent skate park, and the field to flee. Dozens of people were in the area at the time.
Two victims, then 20 and 17, were shot as they ran. The 20-year-old was shot in his back and arm, and suffered a collapsed lung and a fractured bone. The bullet that hit the 17-year-old victim fractured his wrist. Jones fled, but was stopped near 9th and P Streets NW by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and arrested. The firearm used in the shooting was located the following day along the route that Jones used to flee the scene.
In addition to the charges in the guilty plea, the sentence reflected the fact that at the time of the offense, Jones was on probation for carrying a pistol without a license.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his appreciation to the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the work of Paralegal Specialist Allison Daniels, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Rickard, who prosecuted the matter.