67 yrs. for 2008 shootings of brothers
A District man was sentenced to 67 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for the 2008 fatal shooting of another District man and the wounding of his brother.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. sentenced Charles Elegalam, 23, in connection with the fatal shooting of Jason Fennell, 27, a junior deacon at his church, and the wounding of his brother, Justin, 21.
According to prosecutors,Elegalam shot the Fennell brothers in the 300 block of Decatur St. NW on Aug. 12, 2008, after stopping to ask the men to light a cigarette, after which an argument ensued.
The younger Fennell "pretended to be dead" after being shot between seven and 12 times in his back, neck and legs, prosecutors said. Elegalam than fled.
The elder Fennell brother died from a single gunshot wound to his chest that penetrated his lung, aorta and spine. In November, a jury found Elegalam guilty of charges including first-degree murder while armed and assault to kill while armed. Prosecutors petitioned the judge to sentence Elegalam to a sentence of not less than 59 years.
Possibly fueling Dixon's sentence were new charges prosecutors filed against Elegalam while he was in jail for the Fennell attacks. Last month, authorities charged Elegalam with assault with intent to kill in Jan. 7 knife attack on another inmate.
According to prosecutors, Elegalam allegedly stabbed his fellow inmate nine times after the victim allegedly overheard Elegalam and other inmates discussing a potential violent altercation in the jail.
The victim tried to talk Elegalam out of the planned altercation when Elegalam attacked him, prosecutors said.
Keith L. Alexander
| February 1, 2011; 4:15 PM ET
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