District Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Shooting Three Men Outside RestaurantDefendant Sought Revenge After Fight; One Victim Left Paralyzed
WASHINGTON – Matthew Bullock, 30, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 30 years in prison on charges stemming from the shooting of three men in December 2012 behind a restaurant in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Bullock was found guilty by a jury of a total of 24 charges in March 2014, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The jury found Bullock guilty of three counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, three counts of aggravated assault while armed, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and 15 additional charges.
He was sentenced this morning by the Honorable John McCabe. Upon completion of his prison term, Bullock will be placed on 5 years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, shortly after midnight, early on Dec. 3, 2012, Bullock and one of the victims were involved in a fistfight inside the Indulj Lounge, a bar/restaurant in the 1200 block of U Street NW. After the fight was broken up, Bullock was ushered out of the front door and the victims were ushered out of the back door.
Bullock hurried to his car, which was parked in front of the restaurant. He then drove to the alley behind the restaurant to intercept the man with whom he had been fighting. Once he saw the man in the alley, Bullock unleashed at least six rounds from a semi-automatic weapon, striking his intended target in the shoulder. In the barrage, Bullock also struck the two men accompanying his main target. One of these other men was struck by two bullets in the groin and leg. The final victim was struck in the back as he ran away from Bullock, and left paralyzed. Bullock fled the scene and was apprehended on an arrest warrant in January 2013.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the detectives, officers, and crime scene technicians who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialists Leif Hickling and Aneela Bhatia; Victim/Witness Advocate Jennifer Clark; and Paralegal Specialists Anthony Griffith and Kalisha Johnson-Clark. Finally, he thanked former Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Finkelman and Nicholas Cannon, who investigated and indicted the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Andrew Chambers, who prosecuted the case at trial.