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Sentence Handed Down in Killing of 19-Year Old in Northwest DC in 2022

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

            WASHINGTON – Anthony Lewis, 25, of Washington D.C., was sentenced on Friday, June 21, 2024, to 135 months in prison for the killing of 19-year-old Cameron Clemons in May 2022, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela A. Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department.

            Lewis has been in custody since his arrest on November 20, 2022. In January of 2024, he entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter while armed.  The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for an agreed-upon prison sentence of 135 months, to be followed by five years of supervised release. The Honorable Robert Okun accepted the plea today and sentenced the defendant accordingly. The judge denied the defense’s request for a Youth Act sentence.

            According to a proffer of facts submitted at the plea hearing, at around 10pm on May 28, 2022, Lewis was walking in the 600 block of Otis Place NW, when he stopped and exchanged words with a group of people on the opposite (north) side of the street, one of whom he had previously fought with. During the exchange, Lewis pulled out a firearm and fired multiple shots at another individual as that person walked toward him. Multiple individuals from the group fired back at Lewis as he ran from the scene. During the exchange of gunfire, Cameron Clemons, who had been standing on the south side of the street, was struck by a bullet. He was driven to an area hospital and treated for his injuries, but on June 4, 2022, while still at the hospital, he died from complications of the gunshot wound.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Smith commended the work of those who investigated the case from 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 Specialists Stephanie Gilbert and Lisa Minott, and Victim/Witness Advocate Karina Hernandez.

            Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Prins, who investigated and prosecuted the case.


Updated June 21, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-528