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Jail for man who shot self

A Southeast Washington man who accidentally shot himself during a rape attempt has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Monday in a statement.

Prosecutors said Jonathan Newman, 23, snuck up behind a woman who was talking on a mobile phone outside her Shaw neighborhood apartment building on a late night in June, 2009.

He pointed a revolver to her temple and forced her inside, authorities said.

As Newton struggled to restrain the woman, he shot himself in the arm and fled, prosecutors said.

Newton was convicted on rape, robbery and gun charges.

-- Mike McPhate

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 22, 2010; 7:59 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Sex Crimes , The District  
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This guy shot himself while trying to rape a woman? He needs to go to jail before some woman takes his gun away from him and kills him. Some people are just not cut out to be criminals.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 22, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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