Shooting of teenagers dismissed after car theft deal

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A juvenile defendant accepted a plea deal in connection with a car theft and related shooting before D.C. Superior Court Judge James Crowell on June 4.

The juvenile, a 15-year-old boy, was originally charged with armed carjacking, felonious assault and robbery in connection with a car theft that occurred on Jan. 12 in the 1900 block of 14th Street, SE.

He was also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for his alleged involvement in a nonfatal shooting that occurred moments after the carjacking in the 3300 block of Benning Road (SE) that left one person injured.

Prosecutors had previously requested that the shooting charges be dismissed without prejudice. This would allow prosecutors to refile charges if there were any developments in the case.

During the hearing, the parties informed the court that they had reached a plea agreement. The juvenile would have to plead guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle as a passenger and plead guilty to the misdemeanor of receiving stolen goods. All other charges would be dropped.

The parties also agreed to drop the shooting charges, essentially closing the case.

According to Howard Margulies, the juvenile's defense attorney, the parties agreed that the juvenile would be incarcerated by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) for an additional six months, in addition to the remaining month he must serve due to four previous convictions.

In setting the date for sentencing, Judge Crowell said it should not take long because “he has been before me for some time,” citing his previous convictions.

The parties are scheduled to appear again on June 10 for the verdict to be announced.

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