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Posted at 5:52 AM ET, 06/22/2010

Man who shot self in rape try is sentenced

By Mike McPhate

A Southeast Washington man who accidentally shot himself during a rape attempt has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Monday in a statement.

Prosecutors said Jonathan Newman, 23, snuck up behind a woman who was talking on a mobile phone outside her Shaw neighborhood apartment building on a late night in June, 2009. He pointed a revolver to her temple and forced her inside, authorities said.

As Newton struggled to restrain the woman, he shot himself in the arm and fled, prosecutors said.

Newton was convicted on rape, robbery and gun charges.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | June 22, 2010; 5:52 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  crime, washington dc  
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He should've shot his self in head and not have the taxpayers have to pay for his stay.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 22, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Darwin vindicated.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 22, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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