FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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District Woman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
For December 2007 Killing in Northwest Washington
- Defendant Beat the Victim During Night of Heavy Drinking -
WASHINGTON - Marlene Medley, 48, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 10 years of incarceration in connection with the December 2007 beating death of her boyfriend in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Medley pled guilty in January 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in an Alford plea. Under such a plea, the defendant does not admit the allegations but agrees that the government has enough evidence to secure a conviction. Medley was sentenced on Sept. 7, 2012 by the Honorable Thomas J. Motley. Upon completion of her prison term, Medley will be placed on five years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence proffered at the plea hearing, during the evening of Dec. 22, 2007, a few friends and family members of Medley gathered at her apartment in the 1200 block of M Street NW. They were drinking heavily, leaving all occupants, including Medley, very intoxicated. At one point, her boyfriend, Luis Alvarez, 29, was seen sitting in a chair in what appeared to be a stupor. Around 9:15 p.m., Medley apparently became angry with Mr. Alvarez and hit him. At the doorway of her apartment, Medley continued to hit Mr. Alvarez in the face with a closed fist. The back of Mr. Alvarez’s head hit the doorjamb repeatedly as she hit him, and he slumped to the floor.
The police were later called and Mr. Alvarez was taken to the hospital. He died from the injuries on Dec. 26, 2007. Medley was arrested for this offense in May 2010.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the efforts of the detectives, officers and technicians who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation to those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra Joyner and Victim/Witness Advocates Christina Principe and Yvonne Bryant, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vivien Cockburn and Patrick Martin, who investigated the case, Steven Snyder who indicted the case and obtained the plea, and Alan Boyd, who handled the sentencing.