Three Men Sentenced to Prison Terms For 2015 Slaying of Man Near Shaw/Howard Metro Station
Innocent Bystander Slain in Exchange of Gunfire In the Middle of a Summer Afternoon
WASHINGTON – Andre Dudley, 22, Marcus King, 22, and Christopher Proctor, 28, all of Washington, D.C., were sentenced today to prison terms on charges stemming from the August 2015 slaying of Matthew Shlonsky, an innocent bystander who was shot three years ago on a crowded street in Northwest Washington. Dudley was sentenced to an 18 ½-year prison term for the murder, King was sentenced to 17 ½ years, and Proctor was sentenced to 14 years.
The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
The three defendants pled guilty in June 2018 to one count of voluntary manslaughter while armed and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Dudley also pled guilty to a charge of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from a jailhouse stabbing. The pleas took place in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Dudley’s plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for him to be sentenced to an agreed-upon 18 ½-year prison term for the shooting and an additional 22 months for the jailhouse stabbing, for a total of 20 years and four months of incarceration. King’s plea called for an agreed-upon sentence of 15 to 20 years, and Proctor’s plea called for an agreed-upon term of 12 to 14 years. The Honorable Juliet McKenna accepted the pleas and sentenced the defendants accordingly. Following their prison terms, the defendants will each be placed on five years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, King and Proctor both associated with the Ninth Street neighborhood of Northwest Washington. On Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at approximately 4:45 p.m., King and Proctor were standing near a liquor store at the intersection of Seventh and S Streets NW, both armed with firearms. Dudley, meanwhile, drove to the area of Seventh and S in a red Chrysler 300 sedan. While stopped at the intersection of 8th and S Streets, Dudley got into an argument with Ninth Street crew members. One pulled out a gun, and Dudley pulled out his gun as well. King and Proctor were both nearby, and Proctor yelled out to other crew members to find out the identity of the person in the red car.
Dudley then turned from Eight Street onto S Street and headed east. He adjusted his position so that his head and arms were outside the sunroof. He then pointed his gun at individuals on the south side of S Street, near Seventh. King and Proctor both fired shots at Dudley as he crossed their path. King fired seven shots from a .40-caliber semiautomatic firearm and Proctor fired 10 shots from a different .40-caliber semiautomatic. Dudley extended his arm out and fired several shots in the direction of King and Proctor.
Mr. Shlonsky, 23, had just gotten out of an Uber with friends and was heading to a concert at the Howard Theatre. He was walking in the 1800 block of Seventh Street NW, near the entrance to the Shaw/Howard University Metro station, when one of the bullets from the shootout struck him in the chest. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
While King and Proctor were firing their weapons, a couple was walking on the sidewalk of the 700 block of S Street NW. The man and woman were each pushing strollers that had two young children inside each of them. Hearing the gunshots, the couple sprinted away, however, their proximity to the gunfire put them in the zone of harm.
While Dudley drove east on S Street NW, his vehicle came head-to-head with a vehicle turning left on S Street, NW, from Sixth Street NW. Blocked, Dudley again lifted his head and arms out of the sunroof, pointed a gun at the driver, threatened to kill him, and yelled at him to move his car. Scared, the driver moved his vehicle and Dudley then continued across S Street; as he sped into the 1900 block of Fourth Street NW, another man yelled at Dudley to slow down. In response, Dudley slammed on the brakes, rolled down his window, pointed an imitation firearm at the man, which the man believed was an actual firearm, and fired shots in the general vicinity of the man. Dudley then left the area. Dudley pled guilty to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for these crimes.
As part of the plea agreement, Dudley admitted to his role in the May 17, 2018 stabbing of a fellow inmate at the District of Columbia Jail. The victim of that incident sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Dudley was arrested on a warrant in a burglary case on Sept. 11, 2015, and charged with the murder in December 2015. King was arrested on Aug. 21, 2015. Proctor was arrested on Feb. 23, 2016. All have been in custody since their arrests.
In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the FBI, including the FBI’s Cellular Analysis Survey Team, and the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences.
They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharon Donovan, Kimberley Nielsen, Laura A. Bach, Jeffrey Nestler, Julianne Johnston, and Sharon Marcus-Kurn; former Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana Fulton; Paralegal Specialists Lornce Applewhite and Sharon Newman; Investigative Analyst Zachary McMenamin; Litigation Technology Specialist Leif Hickling; Criminal Investigator Durand Odom, and Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker.
Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney David Misler, who investigated and prosecuted the case.