Non-Fatal Shooting Defendant is Sentenced After Accepting a Plea

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During an Oct. 2 hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun sentenced a non-fatal shooting defendant to 36 months incarceration, with credit for time served.

Lorenzo Graham, 32, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a license outside home or business, possession of an unregistered firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and second-degree cruelty to children at a grave risk, for his involvement in a non-fatal shooting on the 3200 Block of Bannecker Drive, NE, on Jan. 1, 2021. 

On July 13, Graham accepted an offer from prosecution to plead guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm with a previous conviction, in exchange for dismissal of the other charges. 

During sentencing, the prosecution recommended 36 months with three years of supervised release–the mandatory minimum.

Defense counsel argued that Graham has been held for 33 months stating he is three months away from serving the complete sentence.  Defense counsel further requested that Graham remain at St. Elizabeths, where he is currently being detained and receiving mental health treatment.

Judge Okun sentenced Graham to a 36 month sentence with credit for time served, meaning Graham only has to serve three more months before being released. 

Judge Okun also granted the defense’s request that Graham continue to be detained at St. Elizabeth’s to guarantee he’s getting the treatment he needs. Graham is also required to register as a gun offender and pay a fine to the court.

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