Murder Defendant Sentenced to 20 Years

A DC Superior Court judge sentenced a murder defendant to 20 years. 

Vaughn Kosh, 50, is convicted of shooting his neighbor, 38-year-old Alayna Howard, on Dec. 7, 2019. According to the prosecutor, he broke into Howard’s apartment on the 1700 block of Capitol Avenue, NE, and shot her, her mother and her boyfriend. Howard’s 12-year-old son was also in the apartment at the time.  

After making a deal with the prosecution, Kosh pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed, aggravated assault while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon and simple assault.

During the Oct. 8 hearing, Judge Maris Demeo sentenced Kosh to 20 years of incarceration.

Defense attorney Elizabeth Weller said her client is “genuinely remorseful for his actions.”

Two victim impact statements were read in court, in which Howard was described as a “loving” and “wonderful” woman.