A D.C. teenager on Friday was sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing another teenager near a recreation center, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Derek Johnson, 17, pleaded guilty in November of 2011and was charged as an adult. After finishing his prison term, Johnson will be placed on five years of supervised release.
Authorities said Johnson and the victim, 17-year-old Jamar Freeman, were friends. However, Johnson believed in September or October 2011 that Freeman had broken into his house and stolen personal items from him. On October 8, 2011, Johnson encountered Freeman at the Raymond Recreation Center in Northwest.
Freeman did not have a weapon, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Johnson initiated the physical altercation. During the incident, Johnson removed a knife from his clothing. Though Freeman tried running away, Johnson was able to stab Freeman in the chest.
Freeman eventually collapsed in a nearby alley. He subsequently died that evening from the stab wound in his chest.