District Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Second Degree Murder While Armed in 2020 Shooting on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
WASHINGTON – Carlton Hammond, 28, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 18 years in prison on charges stemming from the slaying of a man in a broad daylight attack that took place in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.
Hammond was found guilty in May 2016 of second-degree murder while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Michael Ryan. Upon completion of his prison term, Hammond will be placed on five years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, in the late afternoon of Oct. 3, 2014, Hammond was among a group of over 10 men gathered in the 3400 block of 14th Street NW; the group included the victim, Kenneth Young, 35. Hammond and Mr. Young got into a fight at about 5:30 p.m. that ended with the stabbing of Mr. Young. Hammond fled on foot, and Mr. Young collapsed on the sidewalk. He died from his injuries, which included a three-inch deep stab wound to the right center of the chest that pierced his heart. He also sustained several other deep, gaping stab wounds to the left forearm and right shoulder. Later that night, a witness overheard Hammond boasting about the attack. Hammond was arrested Oct. 24, 2014.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Information Technology Specialist Leif Hickling; Investigative Analyst Zachary McMenamin; Paralegal Specialist Kendra Johnson, and Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker. Finally, he commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Bradford, who secured the indictment in the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberley C. Nielsen and Allessandra Stewart, who prosecuted the case.