Judge Accepts Plea Deal, Sentences Defendant

A defendant who faced charges in 10 of his 11 open cases in DC Superior Court, pleaded guilty in three of his cases, but was sentenced for four.

In one of Marquette Tibbs‘ cases. he was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 5 for unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction for his role in the murder of Orlando Silver on the 1300 block of Howard Rd., SE in 2016.

Judge Todd Edelman sentenced Tibbs, 28,to three years in prison plus three years of supervised release for the charge.

Tibbs was also sentenced for charges in three other cases in which he pleaded guilty to on Sept. 4, including armed robbery, simple assault and assault with significant bodily injury. As part of his plea agreement with the prosecution, charges in seven other cases were dismissed.

Defense attorneys Prescott Loveland and Jessica Willis asked Judge Edelman to consider the trauma their client underwent while in solitary confinement for a prior offense. Willis said that Tibbs’ trauma does not excuse his actions, but mitigates them. 

Judge Edelman sentenced Tibbs to a total of 11 years in prison

He was sentenced to 3 years of incarceration and 3 years of supervised release for the unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction charge. 

Tibbs was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration and three years of supervised probation for the charge of assault with significant bodily injury. 

For the simple assault charge, Tibbs was sentenced to 180 days of incarceration.

Tibbs was also sentenced to six years of imprisonment and supervised release for 5 years for the armed robbery charge.

The sentences will run consecutively.

He must also pay a total of $350 to the Victims of Violent Crime fund.

Judge Edelman said he wishes Tibbs well and hopes he takes advantage of available resources while incarcerated to help him turn his life around.