FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 28, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Prison
For Shooting at Birthday Party in Northeast Washington
-Defendant Shot One Victim in the Hip, Pistol-Whipped Another-
WASHINGTON – Anthony Shaw, 38, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to seven years and two months in prison on charges stemming from a shooting earlier this year at a birthday party in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Shaw pled guilty in July 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of simple assault. He was sentenced by the Honorable Michael Ryan. Upon completion of his prison term, Shaw will be placed on three years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, on June 3, 2012 at about 12:30 a.m., the victims and other witnesses, all family members, were gathered in a rear yard in the 300 block of 61st Street NE for a birthday celebration. Shaw entered the yard and got into an argument with a 16-year-old boy, because he did not appreciate how he perceived that the teenager was looking and talking to him. Shaw then grabbed the teenager by the collar and choked him. The teenager’s family members came to his defense and tried to separate Shaw from the teenager. Other individuals with Shaw then attacked the teenager’s family members.
The two groups became involved in a physical fight that spilled into the alley behind the yard. Shaw pulled out a loaded gun. He then pistol-whipped the teenager’s grandfather with the gun, breaking his nose. Shaw then shot the teenager’s uncle in the left hip.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Sixth District detectives and officers of 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 Antoinette Sakamsa and Victim Witness Security Supervisor Michael Hailey. Finally, U.S. Attorney Machen praised Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana L. Fulton, who prosecuted the case.