Defendant Receives 35 Years in Murder Case

During a sentencing hearing on March 24, DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt sentenced a defendant to 35 years in prison. 

Edward Brown, 60, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder while armed of a senior citizen and robbery while armed of a senior citizen in the stabbing of Michael Mahoney, 71, on Feb. 5, 2018, on the 2300 block of 11th Street, NW. 

Judge Brandt sentenced Brown to 35 years in prison for first-degree murder and 168 months for second-degree murder with five years of supervised release. These charges will be served concurrently. 

According to court documents, Mahoney was found in his apartment in a pool of blood with two stab wounds in his neck. 

According to court documents, Mahoney gave Brown permission to sleep on his couch because he did not have anywhere to stay. Brown was thought to be high on crack cocaine at the time of the crime. 

Brown stated, in court, that he had known Mahoney since 1975.

During the hearing, the prosecutor asked to hear from three individuals close to Mahoney to give victim impact statements.

The prosecutor requested a sentence of 35 years, while the defense argued for the minimum sentence required.

Defense attorney Megan Allburn said Brown had a problem with drugs, and was sexually assaulted as a child. She said she hoped the judge would take Brown’s issues into account when sentencing.

Brown still maintains his innocence and said he plans to appeal his case. 

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