District Man Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison For Killing Man Outside Barber Shop Murder Was Among a Series of Violent Crimes Committed by Defendant
WASHINGTON - Christopher Holmes, 23, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 22 years in prison for killing a man in 2008 after a confrontation at a Southeast Washington barber shop, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Holmes was found guilty by a jury last month of second-degree murder while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Rhonda Reid Winston. Following his prison term, Holmes will be placed on five years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence at trial, on the afternoon of Oct. 29, 2008, Holmes walked into the Classic Kutz barbershop, located in the 3200 block of 22nd Street SE. The barber shop was crowded that day, with children getting their hair cut, adults waiting for a trim, the barbers, and people like David Tucker, who were merely hanging around.
Mr. Tucker, 37, made a comment to Holmes to the effect of, “There’s no one in here for you to rob,” which appeared to be a reference to the fact that Holmes had robbed Mr. Tucker’s childhood friend a few weeks earlier. The argument spilled out into the street, where Holmes pulled out a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at Mr. Tucker. Mr. Tucker said to Holmes, “What are you going to do? Shoot me in broad daylight?” Holmes then shot Mr. Tucker once in the chest. Mr. Tucker staggered back into the barber shop and collapsed. He died a few moments later. Holmes, meanwhile, fled the scene.
The murder was among a series of crimes committed by Holmes during a 30-day period. Five days before he killed Mr. Tucker, he committed an armed carjacking. A few weeks later, he shot and wounded another man. Holmes, whose nickname was “Barbeast,” earlier was convicted in both of those cases and is serving prison time for those offenses.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the detectives and officers who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Mia Beamon, Litigation Technology Specialist Leif Hickling, and Victim/Witness Advocates Michael Hailey and Marcia Rinker. Finally, he commended former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Kravis and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Edward Sullivan, who prosecuted the case, and former Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melinda Williams and Amanda Haines, who investigated the case.