Judge Sentences Defendant During Show Cause Hearings

A DC Superior Court judge discharged two hearings, dismissed three hearings, continued one and sentenced a defendant during pretrial and probation show cause hearings on Nov. 10.

Judge Gerald Fisher discharged the show cause hearing and changed the pretrial release conditions for a defendant charged with GPS tampering.

Delonte Reed, 29, was released under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) with only GPS monitoring on Sept. 26.

Since then he has acquired two notices of noncompliance on Oct. 5 and Nov. 9.

He now only has to report to the Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) and show up to court for his next hearing. The judge said that GPS monitoring is not a reasonable condition of release for Reed since he is homeless and already regularly reports to PSA. 

Terwayne Brown was determined to have come into compliance with his pretrial release conditions since his last show cause hearing on Oct. 14.

The 29-year-old is charged with distribution of and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl

Judge Fisher dismissed the show cause hearing for Caleb Lewis, who is charged with carrying a pistol without a license outside of a home or business. 

The 19-year-old defendant was released under the pretrial High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) with GPS monitoring on Aug. 12. A notice of noncompliance with his pretrial release conditions was filed on Nov. 9.

He was rearrested in another county on marijuana charges. 

The judge dismissed the show cause hearing for a 23 year-old charged with second-degree theft and misdemeanor second-degree fraud.

Gary Goodridge was released with the requirement to report to and verify his address with PSA on Aug. 26. A notice of noncompliance was filed on Oct. 20 for his failure to report to PSA weekly . 

A show cause hearing for Juwaun Williams, who is charged with carrying a pistol without a license outside of a home or business, was dismissed. 

Williams, 19, was released on June 30 with the requirement to report to PSA and verify his address. A notice of noncompliance was filed on Oct. 2 for his failure to report to PSA. He has recently come into compliance. 

The judge quashed a bench warrant in a defendant’s probationary matter and continued a show cause hearing for all three of the defendant’s cases for a later date.

Jamal Baptist, 45, pleaded guilty to lewd, indecent or obscene acts in February. He was issued a bench warrant for his failure to appear at a probation show cause hearing on July 2.

In Baptist’s two other pending cases, he is charged with violation of a temporary protection order and contempt in one, and unlawful entry onto private property in the second. He received a substantial number of notices of noncompliance in both misdemeanor cases.

His next hearing is set for Dec. 11 to see if he will come into compliance.  

Judge Fisher sentenced Skyy Morris who pleaded guilty to attempted assault with a dangerous weapon. He admitted responsibility to shooting an individual on the 700 block of H street, NW on Dec. 5, 2019. 

Morris, 20, was sentenced to two years incarceration, all time suspended under the D.C. Youth Rehabilitation Act. He was given three years supervised probation, with conditions to comply with any GPS requirement that CSOSA may require, undergo any alcohol or substance abuse screening as recommended, pay $100 to the Victims of Violent Crime Compensation fund, maintain or seek employment, participate in life skills training offered by CSOSA and comply with the conditions of a stay away order.

Additionally, Morris must perform 150 hours of community service and register within 48 hours of today as a gun offender with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

The judge said that normally he would impose a sentence of imprisonment for this type of offense, but he is impressed with Morris’ perfect compliance and progress in life with his two jobs.

This article was written by Yasmeen McGettrick.