8 years for man who shot Pepco worker
A D.C. Superior Court judge Friday sentenced a Northwest man to eight years in prison for the 2009 shooting of a Pepco worker as the employee was working near Rhode Island and First Streets NW.
Judge Ronna L. Beck’s sentencing of Marlo Johnson, 18, follows Johnson’s guilty plea in May to the shooting of worker Eric Thompson as Thompson and several co-workers were trying to restore power to residences and businesses in the neighborhood on Dec. 3.
According to court records, Johnson, of the 1900 block of First St. NW, was walking down the street around 7:15 p.m. when Johnson made eye contact with James Holley, one of the workers in the group, and asked “What are you looking at?”
Johnson then walked up to Holley and pushed him, according to court records. During a fight, Johnson punched Holley in the face and then ran away.
Sitting in a Pepco van, the workers worried Johnson would return, court records said. He did, carrying a .22 caliber pistol.
“Where is he at?” Johnson allegedly yelled.
Thompson tried closing the van’s door, court records said, but as he did shot Thompson once in the back of his head. Thompson continues to recover from the shooting.
Johnson, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was charged as an adult.
-- Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Editors
August 27, 2010; 2:01 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District
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