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Friday, September 21, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 15-Year Prison Term
For Slaying in Northeast Washington Apartment Building
- Defendant Opened Fire While Under Influence of PCP -
WASHINGTON - Keyon Caldwell, 33, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a 15-year prison term for killing a man earlier this year inside an apartment building in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Caldwell pled guilty in April 2012 to voluntary manslaughter while armed. He was sentenced in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Honorable Thomas J. Motley.
At the plea hearing, Caldwell admitted that he shot and killed Draynell Henderson, 29, on the evening of April 11, 2012, after the two had smoked PCP together in the hallway of the apartment building where Caldwell lived in the 600 block of 24th Street NE.
Caldwell admitted that Mr. Henderson came to his apartment and that the two left the unit to smoke PCP together in the building’s hallway. Minutes later, Caldwell’s girlfriend, who was in a bedroom with their young children, heard gunshots coming from the living room. The girlfriend first locked the bedroom door and yelled for help. She then came into the living room to see Caldwell prone on the floor, pointing a handgun at Mr. Henderson, who was lying motionless in a pool of blood on the floor of the hallway adjacent to the apartment.
Caldwell’s girlfriend struggled with Caldwell to pry the gun from his hand. As she did so, one of the children handed her a phone and the girlfriend called 911. Once the girlfriend had gotten the gun from Caldwell, she put the weapon in a drawer in the bedroom.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District quickly responded to the apartment. Mr. Henderson was non-responsive. Caldwell was on the floor motionless, appearing under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody. A search warrant of the apartment was issued and a loaded Ruger 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol was recovered, along with five spent shell casings in the apartment around the door and the hallway near the door.
Mr. Henderson was immediately taken to the Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office determined that the cause of death was six gunshot wounds to the torso and arms.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the efforts of Dr. Joseph Pestaner of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia. U.S. Attorney Machen also commended the efforts of members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim Witness Specialists Tamara Ince and Marcia Rinker, Intelligence Research Specialist Lawrence W. Grasso and Paralegal Specialist Sandra Lane. Finally, U.S. Attorney Machen thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward A. O’Connell, who investigated the case and handled the plea agreement and sentencing.