The final chapter in one of D.C.’s most violent episodes has closed Tuesday after a judge sentenced five men in the 2010 South Capitol Street shootings to sentences ranging from life in prison to 30 years behind bars.
The five men - Sanquan Carter, Orlando Carter, Jeffrey Best, Robert bost and Lamar Williams - were sentenced for a series of shootings in March 2010 that started over an argument over a bracelet.
“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 Ron Machen. “All of the victims ... were defenseless when ambushed by the defendants. Now these defendants will grow old behind bars.”
Best, Bost and Orlando Carter each received a sentence of life in prison without parole. Sanquan Carter, Orlando's younger brother, got a 54-year sentence and Williams was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
All five took part in the series of shootings that rocked Washington in late March of 2010, all of which culminated in a shooting that killed three people at a funeral gathering on South Capitol Street.
Each of the men involved were convicted of the most serious charges against them, including murder. Williams specifically was acquitted of several minor charges against him during the protracted trial.
The jury deliberated for more than a week before finding all five co-defendants guilty of a total of more than 170 charges.
Killed in the violence were Jordan Howe, 20, Brishell Jones, 16, 17-year-old Tavon Nelson, 18-year-old Davaugn Boyd and 19-year-old William Jones.
"They will never get of jail to hurt anybody else,” says Patricia Jeffries, Brishell’s grandmother.
Some of the nine surviving shooting victims came to court Tuesday to express their relief.
"And it’s all happy now,” says Tavon Lambert. “I'm happy I'm free. I can live my happy life with my family."
Tierra Brown, however, says the shooting will always be a part of her.
"I will never get over it but I can go on with my life now,” says Tierra Brown.