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District Man Sentenced To 36 Years In Prison For Charges In 2010 Shooting-Defendant Opened Fire On Victims During Robbery Of Marijuana-

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

     WASHINGTON – Herbert Arrington, 27, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 36-year prison term on charges stemming from his attempted execution of three men in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.

     Arrington was found guilty by a jury in March 2013 of assault with intent to kill while armed, aggravated assault while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, 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 June 7, 2013 by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck.

     According the government’s evidence, in the days before the shooting, Arrington had inquired about purchasing a large quantity of marijuana from one of the victims.  On the evening of June 9, 2010, he met the three men inside a parked GMC Yukon in the 2100 block of 8th Street NW. After one of the victims provided the marijuana to Arrington, he pulled out a firearm and shot all three men at point-blank range. All of the victims suffered gunshot wounds, and two were seriously injured. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), who were working off duty at a nearby club, heard the shots and quickly rushed to the aid of the victims. 

     The victims, rushed to various hospitals, survived the attack. Arrington, who escaped with the marijuana, was arrested six days after the shootings.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the efforts of the detectives, officers, and crime scene technicians who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department.  He also acknowledged those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Kalisha Johnson-Clark and Information Technology Specialists Kimberly Smith and Thomas Royal. Finally, he commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh, who led the investigation and obtained the indictment in the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas W. Cannon and Jonathan I. Kravis who prosecuted the case at trial.


Updated February 19, 2015