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Cousins get 170 years in slayings

Washington Post Editors

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced two District cousins Friday to more than 170 years all told on charges of murder, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Judge Michael L. Rankin sentenced Azariah Israel, 35, to 146 years in prison in connection with the killings of Anthony Blount and Joshua Gregory and wounding of three others in a Dec. 9, 2005, attack in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW.

In June, a jury found Israel guilty of several charges, including two counts of first-degree, premeditated murder. The jury also found Israel guilty of trying to silence witnesses to the attack.

Rankin also sentenced Israel’s cousin, Emanuel Jenkins, 25, to 26 years in prison in connection with obstruction of justice and conspiracy in connection with the Aug. 26, 2006, fatal shooting of Charlie Evans at First and Varnum streets NE. Evans had witnessed the Blount and Gregory killings committed by Israel, prosecutors Deborah Sines and Jennifer Kerkhoff argued.

Israel is serving 117 years in a federal prison in connection with two prior cases, including the shooting of a 7Eleven employee Jan. 27, 2006, during a robbery, for which he was sentenced to 64 years. Israel is also serving 53 years for another conspiracy and obstruction case involving the Oct. 10, 2004, killing of Pierre Johnson. Prosecutors say Johnson was a witness to a fatal shooting in 2003 by a friend of Israel’s.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 17, 2010; 6:24 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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How does that saying go? The family that slays together stays together or something like that...just ask the Manson family.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 18, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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