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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 5, 2019

District Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Shooting Construction Worker in the Head

Victim Was Shot Multiple Times at Close Range

            WASHINGTON – Lamont Jones, 51, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to seven years in prison for an attack in which he shot an employee of a construction company multiple times, including the face, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu.

            Jones plead guilty in January 2019, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of assault with intent to kill. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for Jones to be sentenced to seven years in prison. The Honorable Danya A. Dayson accepted the plea and sentenced Jones accordingly. Following his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, the shooting took place on Oct 26, 2018, at about 4 p.m., with Jones approaching the victim and shooting him multiple times at close range near a construction site in the 5300 block of D Street SE. One shot struck the victim in the head.

            The incident stemmed from an earlier dispute at the construction site at which both Jones and the victim were employed. Jones and another employee got into an argument at the construction earlier in the day on Oct. 26, 2018. Jones told the employee that he would kill him. Jones returned to the construction site later that day and, encountering only the victim and not the other employee, shot the victim multiple times.

            The victim reported that the delivery driver for the company was the individual who had shot him. Jones was identified as the only driver that visited that construction site on Oct. 26, 2018. One of four witnesses identified the defendant from a photo array, and Jones was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on Nov. 26, 2018.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Hill and Victim/Witness Advocate Elsa Maltese.

            Finally, she commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristina Wolf and Alyse Constantinide, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
19-47
Updated April 5, 2019