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Friday, December 19, 2014

District Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For 2013 Murder In Southeast WashingtonShot Fired In Confrontation Over Defendant’s Weapon

     WASHINGTON – Don Page, 24, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 14-year prison term for killing a man in June 2013 in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.

     Page pled guilty in October 2014, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of second-degree murder while armed. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for a sentence within the range of 12 to 15 years. The Honorable Rhonda Reid Winston accepted the plea and sentenced Page on Dec. 18, 2014. Upon completion of his prison term, Page will be placed on five years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s evidence, in the early morning hours of June 22, 2013, Page and the victim, Quentin White, 28, were each outside in the 3500 block of East Capitol Street SE with their respective groups of friends.  A fight ensued when members of the group with Mr. White began chanting, “Free Khari,” a reference to Khari Williams, then 18, who at the time was in custody and awaiting trial for the murder of Angelo Payne. Mr. Payne, 23, was killed on Dec. 30, 2012 in Southeast Washington.

     Mr. Payne and Page had been very close friends.  Mr. White and Khari Williams were close friends.  Page’s friends became involved in a physical altercation with friends of Mr. White.  During the fight, Page retrieved a silver revolver and fired one shot into the air. Mr. White approached Page, with his hands up, and told Page to put the gun down and fight like a man.  Page then pointed the gun at Mr. White and fired one shot at his chest, killing him. Page then fled in his car. He was arrested nearly two weeks later in Martinsburg, W. Va.

     Khari Williams pled guilty in April 2014 to a charge of voluntary manslaughter for the slaying of Angelo Payne. He was sentenced in June 2014 to a 12-year prison term.

     In announcing this week’s sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the Metropolitan Police Department for its work on the investigation.  He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra Joyner and Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker.  Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Bradford, who investigated and indicted the case.

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Updated February 19, 2015