WASHINGTON – Three men were sentenced today to prison terms for their roles in an early-evening shooting in Northeast Washington on June 12, 2020, in which dozens of shots were fired from handguns and assault rifles, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Robert J. Contee III, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
The men, who pleaded guilty to charges in November 2021, include Davon Pratt, 23, of Washington, D.C., Jamar Turner, 19, of Washington, D.C., and Quintin Martin, 25, of Glenarden, Maryland A fourth man, Tevon Brent, 28, of Alexandria, Virginia, previously was sentenced for his role in the crime.
Pratt and Turner also pleaded guilty to charges in a second shooting carried out earlier the same day in June 2020, and Pratt pleaded guilty to charges related to an armed robbery in March 2020.
According to the government’s evidence, all four defendants fired or attempted to fire their weapons in the early evening shooting on June 12, 2020. This shooting was captured on surveillance, where multiple pedestrians, including children, are seen running for cover. Pratt and Turner drove to the neighborhood of the 1200 block of Simms Place NE in a 2018 Audi and got out of the vehicle at approximately 6:40 p.m. Pratt was armed with an assault rifle. Turner was armed with a semiautomatic pistol. Both fired their weapons multiple times and fled to the car. Martin also fired a pistol on the street. Brent, meanwhile, retrieved an assault rifle from another car and attempted to fire the weapon.
No one was identified as being injured in this shooting on Simms Place; however two apartments on this block suffered bullet holes in their windows as a result of this shooting. There were approximately 54 shell casings found throughout the 1200 block of Simms Place and around a nearby alley.
Just four hours before this attack, Pratt and Turner carried out another shooting in broad daylight on a nearby street, the 1200 block of Meigs Place NE. According to the government’s evidence, the two drove to the area in a 2017 Infiniti at about 2:30 p.m., pursuing a man in a motor scooter. Turner fired a semi-automatic pistol several times from a passenger window, at close range, causing the man to be flung from his scooter to the ground. He was hospitalized for gunshot wounds to his left arm and left buttock area and continues to have difficulty walking.
Months prior to these shootings, in March 2020, Pratt and others lured two victims to the 2400 block of E Street NE through an online advertisement falsely offering to see a car. They stole a wallet, iWatch, designer purse, cellphones and $6,000 from the victims.
Martin was arrested in June 2020. Pratt and Turner were arrested in October 2020. Bratt was arrested in March 2021.
All four defendants were sentenced by the Honorable Milton C. Lee is the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Pratt pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery, and two firearms charges. He was sentenced to a total of 136 months in prison, including 32 months for the shooting on Simms Place.
Turner pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon and two firearms charges. He was sentenced to total of 66 months in prison, including 18 months for the shooting on Simms Place.
Martin pleaded guilty to one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon and a firearms charge for the Simms Place shooting. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
Brent pleaded guilty to one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon and a firearms charge in the Simms Place shooting. He was previously sentenced to a 24-month prison term.
Following their release from prison, all of the defendants will be placed on three years of supervised release.
In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Contee commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marco Crocetti, Jessica L.D. Ans, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Fretto Lingwood, who investigated and prosecuted the case.