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91 years for D.C. teen's shooting

An 18-year-old Northeast D.C. man was sentenced to 91 years in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday for the January 2008 shooting death of a District teenager, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced.

Antonio R. Harvey, 18, received the sentence for the shooting of Julian Agurs, 17, from Judge Michael L. Rankin.

Agurs had turned 17 less than a day before he was shot.

He was celebrating with friends when he was wounded in a drive-by shooting while leaving a carryout in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE. He died soon after.

Two other teens were wounded in the drive-by.

-- David P. Marino-Nachison

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 17, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , From the Courthouse , The District , Updates  
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What kind of barbarically retributive sentence is 91 years?

The fact that criminals are bad actors who punch all of our emotional hot buttons is no excuse to descend into barbarism along with them.

Put the guy in jail for 20-30 years. At 40 or 50, is anyone ANYTHING like the same person they were at 18?

And is there any 18 year old who sees a significant deterrent difference between two decades in jail and life in jail?

Prison is supposed to deter potential offenders, protect society from offenders, and rehabilitate offenders. Retribution is NOT one of its goals, not should it be in a moral, civilized society.

And yet we have a system which hands down "91 years" as if it were a carefully reasoned sentence, rather than the crowd-pleasing emotional smackdown it is.

We're starting to have more in common with the Third World than with our First World peers. Our insane justice system, which keeps 1 out of 54 adult American males behind bars on any given day, is yet another huge gulf between the USA and the advanced industrialized democracies (who average an incarceration rate 5-10 times LOWER than ours).

Posted by: kcx7 | June 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Well I hope he knows that he will be someones girlfriend for the rest of his natural life....but then again he's still young, so he might make it out when he's like 109 years old.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 17, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not mad at that...shoulda knuckled up if he had a problem instead of shooting like a bytch. He issued a death sentence so he got one of his own.

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 17, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of these criminals getting off after killing someone for $1 or $15 or a pair of shoes or some other ridicule reason. No reason is good enough to take another persons life. This senseless killing have to stop. No one has the right to take another person's life. So, 91 years is not long enough. This guy should have gotten the death penalty. We need the death penalty in the District of Columbia. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; the only sentence should be handed down to these murderers is death.

Too many good people are dying at the hands of bad people. The death penalty need to be legalized in the District of Columbia!

Posted by: sun52shine | June 17, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

99 years is the normal sentence meted out in Alaska -- and that's for first time offending juveniles based on circumstantial evidence.

Posted by: CalmTruth | June 17, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Ninety one years in the District courts means he will do five and be paroled. The District is far to soft on crime. He should be executed. I don't want him for my neighbor.

Posted by: mortified469 | June 17, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that he also shot two others, a 15 and a 13 year old that just happened to live. Let him rot.....

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | June 17, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

These murderous mad dogs do not belong in civilized society. Let him spend the rest of his life in a cage, together with the vermin that killed the Maryland State Trooper last week.

Posted by: dmcl363 | June 17, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

This guy shot at a group of five teens, killing one and wounding two. He could have killed all five. This was not some shootout between groups of teens. It was one guys attack on five unarmed teens in the street. Ninety one years. I hope he does every day of it. Maybe when he is 100 he will look back and see how he wasted his life.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 17, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey kcx7, 91 years is simply to keep him locked up for life. Harvey forfeited his right to live in a free society. If I was murdered, I damn sure wouldn't want my murderer to ever see the light of day, no matter his age. Car thieves are rehabilitated, not murderers.

Posted by: davidwg46 | June 17, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey it could be GA murder is a life sentence!! I wonder how much of the 91 does he have to do?? Maybe this will be a standard for the district...i hope so!!

Posted by: Colts_fan | June 17, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Drive by shootings should receive the death penalty. But in the District of Columbia the criminal must be allowed to get out and do it again.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 17, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

What you detractors here don't understand is... these are not kids! They are self raised and gang institutionalized. He stopped being a kid when he went on the drive by. You can bet the two kids who survived don't want to see him again. When you have enough buddies doing 91 years maybe you'll decide on another path in life. No more sympathy for people who cannot or will not be "rehabilitated" Adult actions = adult responses. All wafflers move to Utopia if you can find it.

Posted by: skipfrmdc | June 17, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Shoot three juveniles, kill one, and you get a century's worth of three hots and a cot at taxpayer expense? With little prospect of parole before he's old and gray, this P O S has little to no incentive to refrain from killing, raping or wounding other inmates or corrections officers. DC has just created a 91-year problem for the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Simpler, cheaper and more just solution: promptly execute him .

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 17, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Take him out behind the Corthouse and park a bullet in his head.

Posted by: Etek | June 17, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that taxpayers will have to pay for this fool to have food, shelter and cable for the next 50 or so years.

But I am a believer in karma. God, not the state, will punish this killer accordingly.

Posted by: brandip_77 | June 17, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

If DC had the death penalty and this thug was a muslim, he would be happy to have 17 virgins waiting for him upstairs. The virgins are in the slammer waiting for him. Lock him up and throw the keys. No more repeat offenders.

Posted by: camty | June 17, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Those 18-20 are also adults. The young man who murdered the boy in Washington, D.C. got a hefty sentence which is more than I expected because his sentence is less than a decade to make a century. People who do drive by shootings at parties should certainly get a longer sentence than murderes who murdered more traditionally.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | June 18, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

91 years>> sweet..... savage can rot away in the joint...

Posted by: kglkgl06 | June 18, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Maybe people should have paind attention to the judges reasoning. a previous murder committed by this punk...I'm assuming he got juvie life then and was back on the street

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | June 18, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

For all you people who think that this chump will be out in 5 years, well you're as crazy as this chump was. A 91 year sentence means he'll probably do about 70 years and that's if he doesn't get "poked" before then. Judges need to keep giving out these type of sentences, then ride around in these neighborhoods and scream out the sentence they just handed down, so other chumps who think about killing will know that the man isn't playing.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 18, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

That time that the judge give harvey was to much an what you call over kill i wonder does the judge know he just killed someone so he will be judge by an higher power i mean that is just horrible nobody should lose there life one is already gone now its two somebody needs to speak on that.

Posted by: Meddie | June 18, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

He could have been given a 199 years it won't bring back my loved one. I hope that the young man is rehabilitated in some way and can steer someone else from making the same decision. Maybe then we can end the cycle of violence.

Posted by: aishaderricott1 | June 18, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

1. they never said HE killed says he was sentenced for the murder
2. this took place when he was 16, they held him for 2 years and tried him as an adult
3.i know him...he didnt kill anyone

Posted by: andrewevanswja | June 21, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

this is a sad case one young man lost his life over nothing reckless i knew both young men and neither one had a fair share i kno if you take life you should be punish for it but i neva seen a sentence like such in life i feel for both family's cuz known neither exsist young black man we have to stop these killings were taken out our race to the grave or the system everybody can change god is his judge i feel for them the streets get you late wake young people if you know

Posted by: ceasefire | June 22, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

i think he should get some type of reduce sentence hes only 18 it happen when he was 16 and they railroad him they killings us off it must stop young people must get this message when i first read this i almost pass out it hit me cuz i new them both life is like chess u have to make a smart thinking decsion in what path you choose young black men u have to believe that you achive cuz this aint life its killing each other thats there plan we must break that era to many parents are hurting we suppose to out live them not die from guns it senseless to many times ive seen it it must stop

Posted by: ceasefire | June 22, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

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