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District Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison For Federal Firearms Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Sentence to Be Served Consecutively to 15-Month Prison Term for Probation Violation

            WASHINGTON – Maurice Devonte Beckham, 22, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for illegally possessing a loaded firearm in Northeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela A. Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Beckham pleaded guilty on November 20, 2023, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.  He was sentenced by the Honorable Reggie B. Walton.  Following his prison term, Beckham will serve three years of supervised release. 

            According to court documents, shortly after 2 a.m. on January 30, 2023, MPD officers were on patrol in the 1100 block of Raum St. Northeast when they observed Beckham walk quickly toward a running Honda CR-V and enter its driver’s seat. The officers recognized Beckham from prior interactions and knew him to have outstanding arrest warrants.

            An officer approached the Honda—which was later determined to have been stolen—and Beckham accelerated, nearly striking the officer, and crashed into an occupied, marked police cruiser and a citizen’s parked vehicle. Officers opened the driver’s door and removed Beckham. Beckham attempted to flee on foot. Officers apprehended Beckham and placed him in handcuffs. They then observed in plain view on the driver’s seat floorboard—the same area from which they had just removed Beckham—a semi-automatic firearm. The recovered weapon was a Micro Draco 7.62x39mm caliber firearm, with one round in the chamber and 20 rounds in its 30-round capacity magazine.

            Beckham has remained in custody since his arrest.

            At the time of the offense, Beckham was on probation in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for unauthorized use of a vehicle, failure to appear in court, and other charges. As a result of his arrest in this case, Superior Court judge Heidi Pasichow revoked Beckham’s probation on June 23, 2023, and sentenced him to a 15-month prison term. The 37-month sentence imposed today will run consecutively to the Superior Court sentence, for a total term of 52 months’ imprisonment.

            Federal law prohibits Beckham from possessing a firearm because of his prior conviction for unauthorized use of a vehicle, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Smith commended the work of the officers of the Metropolitan Police Department. Valuable assistance was provided by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

            The case was investigated and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul V. Courtney.

Updated February 26, 2024

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 24-180