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District Man Sentenced to Prison For Killing Man Outside Apartment Complex

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
He and Others Fired Gunshots Into a Group Congregating on Street

            WASHINGTON - Kevin Goggins, 22, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to eight years in prison for fatally shooting a man outside an apartment complex in Southeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Robert J. Contee III, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Goggins pleaded guilty in February 2022, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to voluntary manslaughter while armed. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for an agreed-upon sentence of eight to nine years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. The Honorable Rainey R. Brandt accepted the plea and sentenced the defendant accordingly.

            According to plea documents, on Oct. 9, 2020, at approximately 10 p.m., Goggins exited a vehicle with two other armed individuals, in the 1600 block of W Street SE, a residential area that includes an apartment complex. He and the others fired into a group of individuals who were congregating outside of the apartment complex. Goggins then ran back into the waiting vehicle and fled the scene.

            Yisa Jeffcoat, 28, was standing outside the apartment complex and was struck by one of the gunshots.  Medical personnel were unable to revive Mr. Jeffcoat, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

            Goggins was arrested on Dec. 14, 2020. He has been in custody ever since. 

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Contee commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Criminal Investigations Division Homicide Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department.  They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Lashone Samuels, Victim/Witness Program Specialist Karina Hernandez, and Investigative Analyst Zachary McMenamin. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Shehzad Akhtar, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated April 26, 2022

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 22-117