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District Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder for a May 2023 Fatal Shooting in Southeast D.C.

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON - Antoine Lynch, 37, of Washington, DC, pleaded guilty today to second degree murder while armed for the fatal shooting of Devonte Maxwell, 30, of Southeast Washington, D.C., announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).  Superior Court Judge Robert Okun scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 7, 2024. 

            According to the government’s evidence, around 7:54 p.m. on May 11, 2023, Lynch and two other individuals approached the victim, on foot, as he was walking down the sidewalk on Prout Street, Southeast, Washington, D.C.  When they were about to pass each other, the defendant pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Maxwell several times. Mr. Maxwell was treated at the scene but died from his injuries a short time later. Mr. Maxwell and Lynch had previously gotten into a verbal dispute when Mr. Maxwell was walking by Lynch’s residence earlier that same day. Surveillance video captured the prior dispute and the murder.

            This case was investigated by the Homicide Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Ganjei.

Updated March 22, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-264