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Friday, October 26, 2018

District Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Role in 2007 Murder Near Anacostia Metro Station

            WASHINGTON – Kadeem Quarles, 27, formerly of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the murder of man during a carjacking in November 2007 at the Anacostia Metro station, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Quarles pled guilty in April 2018, 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 prison term of 16 to 20 years. The Honorable Judith Bartnoff accepted the plea and sentenced Quarles accordingly on Oct. 25, 2018.  Following his prison term, he will be placed on five years of supervised release.

            Quarles is among four people who pled guilty to charges related to the slaying of Timothy Spicer, 25, on Nov. 17, 2007 near the Anacostia Metro station in Southeast Washington. All four defendants are from Washington, D.C.

            According to the government’s evidence, Mr. Spicer went to the Metro station to meet a young woman at approximately 9:15 p.m. He was driving a Chevrolet Caprice with specially equipped chrome rims. Mr. Spicer briefly parked at the station, and the young woman got into the vehicle and directed him to drive a very short distance onto nearby Shannon Place SE.

            The young woman had previously entered into an agreement with Quarles and three other people to rob Mr. Spicer of his vehicle and personal belongings. Quarles was the alleged mastermind of the scheme. The plan called for the woman to lure Mr. Spicer to the station and then direct him to Shannon Place. Two of the other people were to take up a position at a bus stop near the station to keep a look-out for Mr. Spicer and for the police. The plan called for Quarles and accomplice Maurice Blakey to rob Mr. Spicer. Blakey was armed with a gun.

            Once Mr. Spicer’s car moved onto Shannon Place, the young woman exited the vehicle and Quarles and Blakey forced their way inside, with Quarles in the back seat and Blakey in the front passenger seat.  When Mr. Spicer resisted the carjacking and began to struggle, Blakey shot him in the back. Mr. Spicer exited the vehicle and ran past the two look-outs into the Metro station. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injures.

            Blakey, 27, pled guilty to second degree murder while armed and was sentenced in February 2018 to a 22-year prison term. The two look-outs – Joseph Minor and Randolph Williams – also pled guilty. Minor, 27, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed and was sentenced in June 2018 to an 8 ½-year prison term, to run consecutively to a 47-year prison term that he is serving for another murder. Williams, 27, pled guilty to a charge of second-degree murder and will be sentenced next year.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences and the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.  They acknowledged the work of those who assisted with the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Kelly Blakeney and San Lane

            Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kendra Briggs, Melissa Price and Michael T. Truscott, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Violent Crime
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Updated October 26, 2018