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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 17, 2018

District Man Sentenced to More Than 18 Years in Prison for Assaulting Man in Southwest Washington

Victim Was Headed Home from Store When Struck With Metal Pipe

            WASHINGTON – Herb Anthony, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 18 years and four months in prison for severely beating a man with a metal pipe who was walking home from a store in Southwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced.

            Anthony was found guilty by a jury in February 2018 of charges of aggravated assault while armed, assault with significant bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of obstruction of justice. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Milton C. Lee. Upon completion of his prison term, Anthony will be placed on five years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Mother’s Day evening, May 8, 2016, the victim had just walked to a store in the area of the 100 block of Irvington Street SW. Anthony came up from behind him and struck him in the face with a black steel pipe. Anthony and other unidentified individuals proceeded to punch and kick the victim to the ground, leaving him bloodied and disoriented. The victim received multiple fractures to his face, resulting in reconstructive surgery without which he would have suffered permanent facial damage. The victim’s medical follow-up continues twoyears later. An investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) led to Anthony’s arrest on May 30, 2016.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maryam Adeyola, Ellen D’Angelo, Kathleen “Katie” Kern and John Timmer; Paralegal Specialist Richard Cheatham, and Victim/Witness Advocate James Brennan.

            Finally, she commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gauri Gopal and Rachel Forman, who prosecuted the matter.

 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
18-118
Updated May 17, 2018