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District Man Sentenced to Three Year Prison Term for Attempted Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

Defendant attempted to assault man with a firearm during argument inside a McDonald’s

            WASHINGTON – Charles Epps, 26, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced on Thursday, December 8, 2022, to 36 months in prison for a shooting inside a McDonald’s restaurant in September, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Robert J. Contee III, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. Mr. Epps pleaded guilty, in October 2022, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

            According to the government’s evidence, Epps was in an argument with another male in McDonald’s, located on 14th Street NW, in the late evening hours of September 3, 2022, when he retrieved a firearm from his waistband and held it at his side during the argument. A struggle over the firearm ensued during which the firearm discharged, injuring a restaurant patron. The shooting victim was later transported to the hospital for treatment of the injury. Epps was on supervised release at the time of the incident for attempted robbery and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Contee commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the work of those who handled the cases at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Latrice Washington and Paralegal Specialist Crystal Waddy.

            Finally, they commend the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Keefer who investigated and prosecuted the matter.


Updated December 12, 2022

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 22-447