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Published on May 19, 2024
DC Man Sentenced to 24 Years for 2021 Northeast Apartment Building ShootingSource: Unsplash/ Emiliano Bar

A D.C. man, DeJuan Bell, 47, was handed a 24-year prison sentence on Friday after a shooting incident in 2021 that resulted in one fatality and left another person wounded. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Bell will also have a subsequent five years of supervised release, as reported by WTOP.

The judgement comes in the wake of the December 10, 2021, events where Bell fired his gun multiple times in the second-floor hallway of a Northeast D.C. apartment building. Striking the two unarmed individuals, one of them, 34-year-old Davon Childs of Hyattsville, Maryland, was killed in the gunfire, as the U.S. Attorney’s office evidences suggest. Bell pleaded guilty on March 1, an admission that sealed his fate in court.

Further expanding upon the incident, court documents indicated that the shooting took place at the 2300 block of 4th Street, Northeast. In the judicial proceedings that ensued, Bell accepted charges of second-degree murder in early March, a plea acknowledged by court officials and highlighted by WJLA. The sentence delivered by the judge encompassed a five-year probationary period following his prison term.

Completing the dual charges against him, Bell was simultaneously sentenced to 12 years for aggravated assault while armed. This is set to run concurrently with the murder sentence, including an equivalent five years of supervised release once served, Bell's acknowledgement of his deeds rests alongside the evidence the lead to his conviction as WUSA9 reports. The tragic events continue to echo in the lives of those affected, a stoic reminder of the violence that tore through the hallway of an apartment building that fateful December night.