Murder Defendant Pleads Guilty to 2015 Homicide

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During a status hearing June 17, a murder defendant pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.

Ryan Thompson was initially charged with second-degree murder and wreckless driving for the death of Matthew Roth on July 19, 2015. Thompson, 26, was racing 31-year-old Rasheed Murray down 16th Street, NW when Murray lost control of his vehicle and struck Roth.

Under the terms of Thompson’s plea agreement, Thompson faces up to five years in prison and three years of supervised release.  

Defense attorney, Rebecca Sibloch, also requested that Thompson and Murray’s sentences be separate. DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee accepted Thompson’s plea and set his sentencing date on Oct. 18.

Murray accepted a plea agreement in July of 2018. His sentencing is scheduled on July 10.

Brooke Welsh contributed to this article.

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