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Friday, September 7, 2012

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District Man Sentenced to 2 ½ Years in Prison
For Attacking Man in Northeast Washington Parking Lot
- Defendant Struck Victim in the Back of the Head With a Golf Club -

     WASHINGTON - Clement Newton, 38, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a prison term of 2 ½ years on a felony charge stemming from an assault in June in a Northeast Washington parking lot, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Newton pled guilty in July 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to assault with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced by the Honorable Robert I. Richter. Upon completion of his prison term, Newton will be placed on three years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s evidence, the offense took place at about 8:10 p.m. on June 11, 2012, in an apartment complex parking lot in the 5200 block of 3rd Street NE. The victim wanted to exit the lot in his car, and Newton’s car was blocking the way. Newton, however, would not move the vehicle, despite repeated requests from the victim. Frustrated with the situation, the victim approached Newton as he sat in his car, and punched him in the face. The victim walked away, and stood with his back toward Newton while he talked to a friend.

     Newton then retrieved a golf club out of the trunk of his car and struck the victim in the back of his head with it, using a baseball-like motion. The victim, who never saw the blow coming, fell to the ground unconscious, and suffered massive head injuries. Newton, meanwhile, returned the golf club to the trunk of his car and walked into the apartment complex.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed appreciation to those who worked on the case from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fourth District. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Legal Assistant Debra Smith-McPherson and Jennifer Clark of the Victim Witness Unit. Finally, he thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Vivien Cockburn, who prosecuted the case.





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