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District Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison For Attacking Man in Downtown Intersection

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Admits Killing Victim in Altercation

            WASHINGTON – George Joyner, 50, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to an 11-year prison term on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the slaying of a man last summer in downtown Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.


            Joyner pled guilty in March 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for a sentence of 11 years in prison. The Honorable Hiram E. Puig-Lugo accepted the plea on June 2, 2017, and sentenced Joyner accordingly. Following his prison term, Joyner will be placed on three years of supervised release.


            According to the government’s evidence, on Aug. 8, 2016, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Joyner became involved in a physical altercation with Keon Parker, 28, who was walking in the area of the intersection of Second and E Streets NW. At some point during the altercation, Joyner began to assault Mr. Parker with a sharp object. Mr. Parker fell to the ground, and Joyner continued to attack him. Onlookers rushed to the aid of Mr. Parker, as did the District of Columbia Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Mr. Parker was declared dead at approximately 8:10 p.m. He had been stabbed in the neck and torso.


            Joyner was apprehended in the area soon after the attack by officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He made several statements to police indicating that he was involved in an altercation with Mr. Parker at the intersection.


            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Zekiah Wright and Kelly Blakeney, Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Willoughby, Jr., who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

Updated June 5, 2017

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 17-121