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D.C. man gets 24 years for 2009 shooting that killed woman

A D.C. man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for shooting at a group of people from a bicycle and killing a bystander.

Devonte Carlton was sentenced Friday in D.C. Superior Court. Carlton pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder while armed.

Prosecutors say Carlton was riding a bicycle in northwest Washington on the night of Aug. 29, 2009, when he pulled out a pistol and fired multiple times into a group of people on the sidewalk.

One of the shots hit Deborah A. Brown, and she later died of her injuries. Authorities say Brown wasn't Carlton's intended target.

Prosecutors say the shooting was part of a feud between rival crews.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , The District  
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seriously, why does he not get the death penalty?

The citizens of DC are simple to not allow a death penalty.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | May 29, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I assume he used a legal, "registered" hand gun according to the rules of DC requiring $300 registration fee, a battery of tests, fingerprinting and that it be kept under lock and key and disasembled.

Posted by: wjc1va | May 29, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

SofaKingCool2009 wrote:
"The citizens of DC are simple to not allow a death penalty."

The prosecutors and judges in the District are appointed by the federal government. One of the things District residents have learned in the past is that prosecutors invoke the death penalty only when white people are killed. I know this sounds racists but the facts support it which is why DC residents are against it.
There was once a case of a Capital hill staff who was killed in the District. Although it was a 'normal' killing as far as the District goes the prosecutors found an excuse to try the case in federal court saying the victim was killed on federal property (he was killed on the sidewalk across the street from a federal building). They used this 'reasoning' to try him in federal court where they wanted the death penalty.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | May 29, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

"A feud between rival crews?" What kind of language is that? Since when do the police use gang terminology to describe crimes? What up, dog?

Posted by: get_it_right | May 30, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

24 years is not long enough. He should go to jail for the rest of his life.

I am not in favor of the death penalty (any mistakes are too many and the bureaucrazy of it all makes it inefficient and expensive).

However, I am in favor of people that take lives and murder others going to jail for the rest of their lives with no hope of parole.

Posted by: wordup1 | May 31, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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