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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Information Contact: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Public Affairs (202) 252-6933 http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/index.html Five Men
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 11, 2012
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Information Contact:

      Tuesday, September 11, 2012

       

       Public Affairs

      (202) 252-6933

      http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/index.html

       

      Five Men Sentenced For Their Roles

      In Crimes That Led to Five Murders, Nine Other Shootings

      Three Sentenced to Terms of Life in Prison With No Possibility of Release

      For Carrying Out Mass Shootings on South Capitol Street

       

      WASHINGTON – Five men were sentenced today to prison terms for murder, conspiracy,

      and other charges stemming from a series of violent crimes that culminated on the night of

      March 30, 2010 with a deadly mass shooting on South Capitol Street, announced U.S. Attorney

      Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

       

      The defendants, all from Washington, D.C., include: Sanquan Carter, 21, also known as

      “Bootsie;” his brother, Orlando Carter, 22, also known as “Lando” or “Dough;” Jeffrey D. Best,

      23, also known as “Dro,” “Little Dro,” or “J.B.;” Robert Bost, 23, also known as “Little Rob” or

      “Chuck,” and Lamar J. Williams, 24, also known as “Neph” or Nephew.”

       

      The defendants were convicted by a jury on May 7, 2012, following a 2 ½-month trial in the

      Superior Court of the District of Columbia. More than 100 witnesses testified during the trial, and

      the government introduced more than 1,000 exhibits. The Honorable Ronna L. Beck sentenced

      them today after a hearing in which numerous family members of the murder victims, and some

      of the surviving victims, described in detail the tragic consequences of the defendants’ actions.

      The Court also received 26 victim impact statements prior to the sentencing.

       

      In a day-long sentencing proceeding, Judge Beck declared that the “evidence was

      overwhelming” to support the verdicts. She sentenced three defendants – Orlando Carter, Jeffrey

      Best and Robert Bost – to life prison terms with no possibility of release. She sentenced Sanquan

      Carter to 54 years in prison, and she sentenced Lamar Williams to 30 years of incarceration.

       

      All five of the defendants have been in custody since their arrests in 2010.

       

      The trial focused on a series of violent incidents that occurred within just eight days: the

      Monday, March 22, 2010 murder of Jordan Howe, and the shooting of two other individuals in

      the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue SE; the Tuesday, March 23, 2010 shooting of defendant

      Orlando Carter in the area of 6th and Chesapeake Streets SE, and the four murders and other

      shootings that occurred on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, including the drive-by attack on South

      Capitol Street.

       

      All told, the violence included five murders and nine shootings that did not result in death.

      In addition to Mr. Howe, 20, the murder victims included Tavon Nelson, 17; Brishell Jones, 16;

      Davaughn Boyd, 18 and William Jones, 19. Eight other people, all in their teens or 20s, were

      shot, and the bullets missed another teenager by mere inches.

       

       “The violence unleashed by these defendants is unconscionable, culminating in one of the

      worst mass shootings in our city’s history,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “Five young lives were

      lost and many others were forever shattered by these senseless attacks that shocked our

      community. All of the victims, in their teens and twenties, were defenseless when ambushed by

      the defendants. Now these defendants will grow old behind bars for these vicious crimes that

      robbed mothers and fathers of their children.”

       

      “We will never forget that horrific night and the loss each family suffered,” said Police Chief

      Cathy L. Lanier. “Hopefully, each day these defendants spend in prison will be spent thinking

      about the pain and carnage they inflicted on this community.”

       

      According to the government’s evidence, the events began late March 21, 2010, when, after

      having sex with a 15-year-old girl, Sanquan Carter discovered that a gold-colored bracelet he had

      been wearing that evening was missing. Enraged, he called his brother, and he, Orlando Carter,

      Best, Williams, and Nathaniel Simms, 28, conspired to assault and kill people mistakenly

      believed to have stolen the bracelet. Orlando Carter secured firearms from Williams, and he, Best

      and Simms set out to meet Sanquan Carter in the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue.

       

      At about 12:30 a.m. on March 22, 2010, both Carters and Best opened fire on a group of

      people gathered there, using an AK-47, a pump-action shotgun and a pistol. Mr. Howe was killed

      and two other young men, then 15 and 22, were wounded.

       

      Evidence showed that 33 shots were fired in the attack on Alabama Avenue, including 28

      from the AK-47. Additionally, three unfired 12-gauge shotgun shells were ejected as Best

      attempted to fire the pump-action shotgun.

       

      Sanquan Carter was arrested and detained on March 23, 2010. He was not charged with any

      of the crimes that followed.

       

      According to evidence presented during the trial, the killing of Mr. Howe led Mr. Howe’s

      associates to carry out the retaliatory shooting of Orlando Carter at about 6 p.m. March 23, 2010,

      in the area of 6th and Chesapeake Streets SE. One shot hit Orlando Carter in the shoulder and the

      other grazed his head. Orlando Carter was hospitalized but soon released, and, according to the

      government’s evidence, he immediately began planning to exact revenge.

       

      For several days, the government’s evidence showed, Orlando Carter sought information

      about Mr. Howe’s funeral, with plans to attack those in attendance. Eventually, on Sunday, March

      28, 2010, Orlando Carter got a three-word text message: “Funeral on Tuesday.”

       

      Orlando Carter initially planned for he and his co-conspirators to appear at the March 30,

      2010 funeral service for Mr. Howe and to shoot and kill as many friends and associates of Mr.

      Howe as they could. Plans did not materialize as expected because it took longer than anticipated

      to secure the rental of a minivan that would be used in the drive-by attack. Even though they

      missed the funeral, the defendants still moved forward with their violent agenda.

       

      The first shooting on the night of March 30 took place at about 7:20 in the unit block of

      Galveston Street SW. According to the government’s evidence, Mr. Nelson was shot in an

      attempted robbery aimed at stealing a gun he was known to carry.

       

      About five minutes after those shots rang out, Orlando Carter, Best, Bost and Simms headed

      to South Capitol Street, where they came upon a group of young people mourning the loss of Mr.

      Howe. Several were wearing shirts memorializing Mr. Howe. Orlando Carter drove by that

      location, made a U Turn, and then, wearing ninja-style masks, the men returned to the scene. As

      the minivan approached the crowd, Orlando Carter electronically lowered the windows of the

      minivan. He brought the vehicle to a complete stop as Best, Bost and Simms opened fire.

       

      The gunfire led to the deaths of Ms. Jones, Mr. Boyd, and Mr. Jones, the injuries of six

      others, and the near-miss on a teenage girl.

       

      During the trial, the government presented evidence about two conspiracies: one involving

      the events of March 21 and March 22, 2010, and the other involving the events from March 23

      through March 30, 2010.

       

      Simms pled guilty in April 2010 to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and five

      counts of second-degree murder while armed. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 19, 2012.

      Sanquan Carter was convicted of 15 felony charges involving events of March 21 and March

      22, 2010, including conspiracy to commit murder, the premeditated murder of Mr. Howe, two

      counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, and other offenses.

       

      Orlando Carter was convicted of 50 counts involving events from March 21 through March

      30, 2010, including two counts of conspiracy, five counts of first-degree premeditated murder

      while armed in the deaths of Mr. Howe, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Jones, Mr. Boyd and Mr. Jones, nine

      counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, and other offenses.

       

      Jeffrey Best was convicted of 47 counts involving events from March 21 through March 30,

      2010, including two counts of conspiracy, five counts of first-degree premeditated murder while

      armed in the deaths of Mr. Howe, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Jones, Mr. Boyd and Mr. Jones, nine counts of

      assault with intent to kill while armed, and other offenses.

       

      Robert Bost was convicted of 34 counts involving events from March 23 through March 30,

      2010, including one count of conspiracy, four counts of first-degree premeditated murder while

      armed in the deaths of Mr. Nelson, Ms. Jones, Mr. Boyd and Mr. Jones, seven counts of assault

      with intent to kill while armed, and other offenses.

       

      Lamar Williams was convicted of 28 charges involving events from March 23 through

      March 30, 2010, including one count of conspiracy, three counts of second-degree murder while

      armed, seven counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, and other offenses.

       

      In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Machen and Chief Lanier thanked all of those

      who worked on the case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and MPD were assisted by numerous law

      enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the

      Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the

      State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County, Maryland. Assistance also was provided by

      Bruce Budowle, PhD, executive director of the University of North Texas Health Science

      Center’s Institute of Investigative Genetics.

       

      They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S.

      Attorney’s Office, including Michael Ambrosino, Special Counsel for DNA and Forensic

      Evidence Litigation; Mary McCord, Acting Chief of the Criminal Division, Assistant U.S.

      Attorneys Michelle Jackson, John Gidez, Christopher Kavanaugh, Trena Carrington, and Crystal

      Evans; Victim/Witness Specialists Marcia Rinker, Jennifer Clark, and Michael Hailey; Paralegals

      Kwasi Fields, Wanda Queen, Delissa Rivers, Meredith McGarrity, Kelly Blakeney, Deborah

      Joyner, Mary Treanor, Margaret McCabe and Benjamin Kagan-Guthrie; Legal Assistant Angela

      Lawrence; Litigation Technology Specialists Joe Calvarese and Leif Hickling, and Criminal

      Investigator Durand Odom.

       

      Finally, they commended the work of those who have worked on the case from the U.S.

      Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael D. Brittin, Bruce R. Hegyi and

      Adam B. Schwartz, who prosecuted the case.

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