Prosecutors Extend Plea Agreement to Non-Fatal Shooting Defendant

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On April 1, prosecutors extended a global plea agreement to a non-fatal shooting defendant in front of DC Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz.

Cornellius Ruffin, 40, is charged with assault with significant bodily injury while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, among other charges, for his alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting that left one victim injured on April 12, 2021, on the 200 block of Bates Street, NW.

Ruffin is also being charged in a separate case for unlawful use of a vehicle.

Ruffin’s attorney, Stephen LoGerfo, was not present, with Karen Minor representing him as a stand-in.

The prosecution placed a plea deal on the record, which stated that if Ruffin pleads guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, as well as the unlawful use of a vehicle charge in his second case, that all other charges will be dropped.

Minor requested additional time to discuss the plea with Ruffin, which was granted by Judge Leibovitz. 

Parties are set to reconvene on April 22. 

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