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Department of Justice
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District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

District Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Attacking Woman at Southeast Washington Park

Victim Was Left Badly Injured, Bleeding, Unable to Move

          WASHINGTON - Tayshawn Sellers, 18, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for attacking a woman last spring at a Southeast Washington park, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

            Sellers pled guilty in September 2016, in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, to a charge of assault with intent to kill while armed. He was sentenced by the Honorable Michael Ryan. Upon completion of his prison term, Sellers will be placed on five years of supervised release.

          According to the government’s evidence, on the evening of April 21, 2016, Sellers and his 18-year-old cousin went with the victim to a wooded area behind the baseball field in Benning Park, in the 5100 block of Southern Ave SE. During their encounter with the victim, Sellers and his cousin started to kick, punch, and hit her all over her body. They left her lying naked from the waist down, badly injured, bleeding, and unable to move.

            Sellers later returned to the crime scene, where the victim was still lying motionless in the wooded area where he had left her. Sellers repeatedly smashed a glass bottle into the victim’s face as she lay on the ground. When she was found by law enforcement at about 7:30 the next morning, she was naked from the waist down, bleeding, on broken glass. She could not communicate with the officers. She had severe trauma to her head and face, including major swelling and multiple lacerations to her face. She suffered extensive injuries from the defendant’s actions and remains disabled. Sellers was arrested April 22, 2016 and has remained in custody ever since.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit. He also expressed appreciation to those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Lezlie Richardson, Paralegal Specialists Tierra Nanches and Angelina Slagle, and Michael Ambrosino, Special Counsel for DNA and Forensic Evidence Litigation.  Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julianne Johnston, Kenya Davis, and Anwar Graves, who prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
16-242
Updated December 13, 2016