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District Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison For Shooting in Northeast Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Shot at Victim Multiple Times Outside of Victim’s Home

            WASHINGTON – Tyrone Hawkins, 22, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a nine-year prison term for shooting a man outside of the man’s home in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves announced.

            Hawkins pleaded guilty in September, 2023, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to assault with intent to kill and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. The sentencing guidelines called for a range of five to nine years, and the Honorable Michael O’Keefe sentenced Hawkins to the maximum of nine years on March 1, 2024. Following his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Sept. 23, 2021, Hawkins’ co-defendant, Clint Broadus, was driving a car that belonged to Hawkins’s mother, and pulled up beside the victim, who was speaking on a cellphone outside of his home. Hawkins was riding as a passenger in the front seat of the car. Hawkins asked the victim, “where's the weed at?” The victim replied that he didn't have any marijuana, and Broadus drove the vehicle down the street and parked. Hawkins and Broadus exited the vehicle, had a conversation over the hood of the car, and then approached the victim from different directions. Broadus ran across the street towards the victim, reaching for a firearm in his waistband, while Hawkins approached the victim from the same side of the road as where the victim was standing. The victim saw Broadus running towards him, produced a personal pepper spray container and sprayed Broadus with it. Broadus ducked and ran away from the scene. At nearly the same time that the victim deployed pepper spray, Hawkins, who was standing to the victim’s left, pointed a silver-barreled pistol at him and fired multiple times.  The victim attempted to flee behind vehicles parked on the street in front of his home, while the defendant fired at him 7 to 11 times. The victim sustained an injury to his upper arm from bullet fragments; multiple vehicles parked along the street were damaged as a result of the gunfire.

            Hawkins was arrested the same day and has been in custody ever since. The co-defendant, Clint Broadus, was sentenced on February 16, 2024, to a five-year prison sentence for assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence pursuant to a plea agreement that was accepted by the Court.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Abubaker Alaway, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Folse, who investigated and prosecuted the case. He also acknowledged the efforts of others who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erin DeRiso and Jessica Ans, Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson, and Victim/Witness Services Coordinator Katina Adams-Washington.

Updated March 1, 2024

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 24-200