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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

District Man Sentenced to 18 Months’ Imprisonment for Assault on a Member of the LGBTQ+ Community

Defendant Assaulted Man as He Walked Home

            WASHINGTON – Anthony Duncan, 42, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release today for assaulting a pedestrian in May 2022, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Robert J. Contee III, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            On February 27, 2023, Duncan was found guilty of Assault with Significant Bodily Injury at a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Lynn Leibovitz presided over the trial.

            According to the government’s evidence presented at trial, on May 21, 2022, the victim was walking home on 15th Street in Northwest, Washington, D.C. from a Bocce Ball game when he was confronted by Duncan. Duncan, who was a stranger to the victim, accused the victim of directing a sexually suggestive act towards him and took offense. The victim vehemently denied making any such advance. As Duncan confronted the victim for this perceived advanced, he pulled out his cell phone, and recorded himself physically attacking the victim. Duncan broke the victim’s nose and teeth, and the victim required numerous stitches to stop the bleeding. Duncan called the victim a derogatory gay slur numerous times as he attacked the victim.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Contee commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the work of those who handled the cases at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jared English and Randle Wilson, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 9, 2023