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Maryland Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison For Shooting Childhood Friend in Southeast Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Shot Victim Multiple Times in Mid-Day Attack

            WASHINGTON – Timothy Dugger, 30, of Landover, Md., was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for repeatedly shooting a man in a mid-day attack nearly two years ago in Southeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips.


            Dugger was found guilty by a jury in June 2017 of a total of 14 charges, including assault with intent to kill while armed, aggravated assault while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing law enforcement, reckless driving, and various firearms offenses. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Judith Bartnoff. Following his prison term, Dugger will be placed on five years of supervised release.


            According to the government’s evidence, in the early afternoon of Sept. 11, 2015, Dugger picked up the victim and his family and drove them to the 2900 block of Southern Avenue SE. The victim left his family there and made his way back to Dugger’s car, where Dugger was in the driver’s seat. As the victim approached the car, Dugger fired multiple shots at him, striking him in the back, chest, and arm. Dugger then made a U-turn on Southern Avenue, fired more shots, and drove off. He led the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on a chase before crashing the vehicle into a retaining wall the 2300 block of R Street SE. While fleeing, Dugger had tossed the gun from the car, and it was recovered and found to have his fingerprints on it.


            According to medical testimony, the victim, then 30, could have died if the bullets entered his body at different trajectories. Dugger and the victim had been friends since childhood. Dugger has been in custody since his arrest.


            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences. He acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah C. Santiago and Kathleen “Katie” Kern, who both assisted in investigating and indicting the case; Paralegal Specialist Tamaya Reid; Victim/Witness Advocate Diana Lim, and Litigation Technology Specialists Leif Hickling and William Henderson. Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ellen D’Angelo and Maryam Adeyola, who investigated the case and prosecuted it at trial.

Updated August 25, 2017

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 17-181