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Posted at 3:47 PM ET, 01/26/2011

105 yrs. for deadly 2009 rampage

By Keith L. Alexander
Keith L. Alexander

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced a Southeast Washington man to more than 100 years in prison Wednesday for a 2009 shooting spree that left one District woman dead and the shooter's uncle and cousin, as well as a family friend, critically wounded.

Judge Michael L. Rankin sentenced Seneca Benjamin, 33, to 105 years in prison. During a November trial, Benjamin admitted to the fatal shooting of Monique Nalle, 42, in her home in the unit block of Bryant Street NW.

Benjamin also admitted to shooting his uncle, Andre L. Benjamin, 49, who was also Nalle's fiance; his cousin, Andre A. Benjamin, 24; and a family friend, Whitfield Arnett, 50. They were all at Nalle's house on April 26, 2009, at the time of the shootings about 2:30 p.m.

According to court documents, Nalle confronted Benjamin at the house after neighbors informed her that Benjamin had slashed the tires on her son's car, which Benjamin denied.


Benjamin originally told authorities that he had little memory of the shooting because he was high on PCP at the time. But during cross-examination by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven B. Snyder, Benjamin admitted arguing with Nalle and becoming angry.

He later admitted to removing a gun from his waistband and shooting Nalle in the head and chest, then shooting the three men before fleeing the house.

Despite the admission, it was a challenging case for the jury. The jury had returned guilty verdicts on 16 charges associated with the shooting, but had informed the judge three times that it was deadlocked over charges of first-degree murder while armed and second-degree murder while armed.

While the jury was deliberating the murder charges, Benjamin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

By Keith L. Alexander  | January 26, 2011; 3:47 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District, Updates  
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Comments

But guns are illegal in DC...HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN!!! IT'S AGAINST THE LAW!!!

Since guns are banned and there's still violence, maybe we should just ban people.

Posted by: IwanaGofishing | January 26, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

or ban winger gun-nut people...

Posted by: mloaks | January 27, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

mloaks - Hate to tell you this goofy, but it is people like you that are the problem in MD and DC. You are of a victim mentality and predators like that.

Posted by: PZ007 | January 27, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

mloaks - Hate to tell you this goofy, but it is people like you that are the problem in MD and DC. You are of a victim mentality and predators like that.

Posted by: PZ007 | January 27, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

You can't ban guns. As if. How many guns do we have in this country? 450 million? More? How are you gonna get rid of them? You can't. Nothing you can do except deal with it.

People getting shot & killed for silly trivial stuff. Tires slashed. Puh-leeeze. Half the population is on one thing or another that they shouldn't be on including your bus driver & train driver.

WHAT A COUNTRY.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 27, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

You can't ban guns. As if. How many guns do we have in this country? 450 million? More? How are you gonna get rid of them? You can't. Nothing you can do except deal with it. It's part of living in the good ole USA.

People getting shot & killed for silly trivial stuff. Tires slashed... Puh-leeeze. Or someone "disrespects" someone. That's the worst thing you can do.

Half the population is on one thing or another that they shouldn't be on including your bus driver & train driver.

WHAT A COUNTRY.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 27, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

You can't ban guns. As if. How many guns do we have in this country? 450 million? More? How are you gonna get rid of them? You can't. Nothing you can do except deal with it. It's part of living in the good ole USA.

People getting shot & killed for silly trivial stuff. Tires slashed... Puh-leeeze. Or someone "disrespects" someone. That's the worst thing you can do.

Half the population is on one thing or another that they shouldn't be on including your bus driver & train driver.

WHAT A COUNTRY.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 27, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

You can't ban guns. As if. How many guns do we have in this country? 450 million? More? How are you gonna get rid of them? You can't. Nothing you can do except deal with it. It's part of living in the good ole USA.

People getting shot & killed for silly trivial stuff. Tires slashed... Puh-leeeze. Or someone "disrespects" someone. That's the worst thing you can do.

Half the population is on one thing or another that they shouldn't be on including your bus driver & train driver.

WHAT A COUNTRY.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 27, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

DC needs the death penalty please

Posted by: WhatBubble | January 27, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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