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District Man Sentenced to 29 Years in Prison for April 2020 Killing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Chased Down Man and Fired Eight Shots at Him

            WASHINGTON – Ravel Mills, 29, of Washington D.C., was sentenced today to 29 years in prison for the murder of Toussaunt Strong on April 18, 2020, in the 3400 block of 24th Street SE. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            On October 3, 2023, a jury convicted Mills of second-degree murder while armed, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, and carrying a pistol without a license.

            According to the evidence presented at trial, Toussaunt Strong, 28, of Clinton, Maryland, was outside of his father’s home in the Shipley Terrace neighborhood shortly before 7:00 pm on April 18, 2020. The defendant encountered Mr. Strong after he exited a nearby home and then pointed a weapon at him. In response, Mr. Strong ran away. The defendant then began to chase Mr. Strong up the 3400 block of 24th Street SE. As Mills got closer to Mr. Strong, he pulled his jacket hood over his head before shooting Mr. Strong. Video cameras captured the chase however, the shooting was not captured on camera. There were no eyewitnesses to the murder. The government presented video surveillance, circumstantial, and motive evidence in securing the conviction.

            Under the Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines, Mills faced a sentencing range of 144 to 288 months for second-degree murder while armed, 36 to 84 months for the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, and six to 24 months for the carrying a pistol without a license. The Honorable Michael K. O’Keefe sentenced Mills to 288 months for second degree murder while armed, 60 months for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, and 24 months for the carrying a pistol without a license. He further ordered that the time for the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence run consecutive to the murder.

            In announcing the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Smith commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura Bach and Sharon Donovan, Deputy Chiefs of the Homicide Section; Investigative Analyst Zachary McMenamin; Victim/Witness Advocate Jennifer Clark and former Victim/Witness Advocate Marcey Rinker; Supervisory Victim/Witness Service Coordinator Katina Adams-Washington; Paralegal Specialists Mabry Johnson, Meridith McGarrity, Grazy Rivera and Stephanie Gilbert; and Supervisory Litigation Technology Specialists Leif Hickling, Maisha Treadwell, and Charlie Bruce.     

            Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Korba who investigated and indicted the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Miles Janssen and Andrea Antonelli who prosecuted the case.

Updated February 22, 2024

Topics
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-162