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Repeat Offender Sentenced for Firearms Offense and Possessing Crack Cocaine Near a School

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

            WASHINGTON – DeAngelo Wayne McNeil, 37, of Washington D.C, was sentenced today to 36 months for unlawfully possessing a firearm and, while near a school, possessing cocaine base with the intent to sell it. The sentence, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, was announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves.

            McNeil pleaded guilty January 24, 2024, to a count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base near schools. In addition to the three-year prison term, Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ordered McNeil to serve six years of supervised release.

            According to court documents, when he was arrested on September 21, 2023, McNeil was on release in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia for similar conduct: unlawfully possessing a gun and possessing cocaine. He also had a 2018 conviction for possessing a gun and possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it.

            Police took McNeil into custody near 1919 I Street, Northeast, which is about 850 feet from Phelps High School, located at 704 26th Street Northeast. Officers recovered a set of vehicle keys in McNeil’s hand. In addition, police found McNeil was carrying nearly 20 grams of a rock-like substance that field tested positive as crack cocaine. In his front left pocket, McNeil was carrying $545.25 in cash and a small digital scale.

            McNeil’s car was located nearby. Police searched the vehicle and recovered $4960 in cash and a Glock model 30 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol from the locked glovebox. The gunwas loaded with one round in the chamber and 12 rounds of ammunition in the magazine.

            This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Lipes and Jared English.

Updated April 24, 2024

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 24-357