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Two Men Sentenced To Prison Terms For 2012 Shooting In Northwest Washington-Bullets Fired Into A Block Crowded With Adults And Children-

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

     WASHINGTON – Carlito Bailey and Rickey Watkins, both 22 and from Washington D.C., were sentenced today to more than a decade in prison on charges stemming from a shooting last year in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Bailey and Watkins were found guilty by a jury in October 2013, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, of aggravated assault, assault with a dangerous weapon, and related firearms offenses. The Honorable Robert I. Richter sentenced Bailey to a prison term of 16 ½ years and sentenced Watkins to 11 years and nine months of incarceration.

     According to the government’s evidence, on the night of May 5, 2012, Bailey, Watkins, and a third unidentified shooter traveled to Northwest Washington armed with firearms.  The three men approached the intersection of Johnson Avenue and R Street NW, where they opened fire, shooting at least ten bullets into a block crowded with adults and children gathered to celebrate a birthday party.  One of the adults was shot several times in the legs. After firing the shots, the men fled on Johnson Avenue.

     Bailey and Watkins were apprehended approximately 24 minutes after the shooting in a car with two firearms. One of the firearms was a ballistics match to six shell casings and a bullet from the crime scene, and a swab from the slide of that weapon yielded DNA that matched the DNA profile of Bailey.  Cell site data placed Watkins at the scene of the shooting.

     In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the Metropolitan Police Department Second District officers who apprehended the defendants and recovered the key evidence shortly after the shooting, as well as the Third District detectives who investigated the case.  He also expressed appreciation to FBI Special Agent Kevin Horan for his valuable work analyzing cell phone records and testifying as a government expert at trial. 

     In addition, U.S. Attorney Machen commended those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialists Joe Calvarese, Kimberly Smith and Ron Royal and Paralegal Specialists Allison Daniels and Mia Beamon.  Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Ephraim (Fry) Wernick and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Chris Dobbie, who indicted the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ann Carroll and Jonathan Kravis, who prosecuted the case.


Updated February 19, 2015