Man Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter

A defendant pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal shooting from earlier this year. 

NeQuan Carthens, who is also known as MeQuan Carthens, was initially charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Lagioria Brinkley on the 1900 block of 16th Street, SE, on March 20. Brinkley, 37, died of a gunshot wound to the head, D.C. Witness previously reported

During the Oct. 15 hearing, the 20-year-old defendant pleaded down to voluntary manslaughter.

According to court documents, Carthens’ plea deal includes an agreement between parties on a recommended sentence of ten years of incarceration followed by five years of supervised release.

DC Superior Court Judge Danya Dayson scheduled Carthens to be sentenced on Jan. 7.