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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 9, 2016

District Man Sentenced to 42 1/2 Years in Prison For 2014 Slaying in Southeast Washington

Defendant Went Through Victim's Pockets After the Shooting

            WASHINGTON – Gregory Green, 28, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a prison term of 42 ½-years on charges stemming from the 2014 slaying of a man in Southeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Peter Newsham, Interim Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Green was found guilty by a jury in October 2016, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, of charges of first-degree felony murder while armed and robbery while armed. He was sentenced by the Honorable Milton C. Lee. Following completion of his prison term, Green is to be placed on five years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on March 29, 2014, shortly after midnight, the victim, Derrick Williams, returned from work to his home.  After talking to his girlfriend for a few minutes, he left to go to buy something to drink.  A short time later, a witness reported hearing gunshots in the area of the 1200 block of Eaton Place SE. The witness saw Green and another man standing over Mr. Williams, who was on the ground.  Mr. Williams, 35, died almost instantly from one gunshot wound to the head.  Green, wearing all black, went into Mr. Williams’s front pockets and then flipped the victim over before going into his back pockets. Green was arrested on April 2, 2014. No one else was arrested in the case.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips and Interim Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the FBI’s Cellular Analysis Survey Team. They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Lashone Samuels, Zekiah Wright, and Benjamin Kagan-Guthrie; Paralegal Supervisor Sharon Newman; Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker; Victim/Witness Services Coordinator Tonya Jones; Supervisory Victim/Witness Services Coordinator David Foster; Victim/Witness Program Specialist Wanda Queen; Supervisory Victim/Witness Program Specialist Michael Hailey; Information Technology Specialist Leif Hickling; Criminal Investigator Mark Crawford; Michael Ambrosino, Special Counsel for DNA and Forensic Evidence Litigation; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chrisellen Kolb, John Mannarino and Stephen Rickard, and Intern James Haynes. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adrienne Dedjinou and Charles Willoughby, Jr., who prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
16-236
Updated December 9, 2016