Judge Sentences Man for Stabbing Former Marine to Death

A DC Superior Court judge sentenced a defendant for stabbing a former marine to death in downtown Washington.

During the early hours of May 23, 2018, Kavonte Richardson stabbed 26-year-old Matthew Scott Rooker multiple times while attempting to steal his backpack, according to the prosecution. The homicide occurred on the 600 block of 7th Street, NW.

“We think about him every day,” said a member of Rooker’s family. “I think that knowing who he was is helpful.  He was funny, he was kind-hearted, he had a vivid imagination.  He was smart he loved his family.  He knew what hardship was.”

Richardson, 28, was indicted on charges of felony murder while armed, armed robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon. In August 2021, he accepted a plea offer for second-degree murder while armed. As part of the plea deal, parties agreed to recommend a 15-year prison sentence, which Judge Marisa Demeo imposed during the March 30 sentencing hearing.

During the proceedings, family members implored Judge Demeo to pass a harsher sentence.

“We were given a life sentence without having a trial or talks or meetings or anything going on with this,” the victim’s wife said.  “We don’t feel it’s fair.  Each day comes with new challenges.  I am a prisoner in my own home.”

Richardson did not make a statement, but his lawyer, Mani Golzari, said his client is remorseful for his conduct.

The defendant’s 15-year prison sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.