Shooting Suspect Rejects Plea Offer, Gets Modified Release

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A non-fatal shooting suspect rejected a prosecution plea offer, but in the same hearing on May 14 was granted modified release terms. 

Vann Allen, 25, is charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, aggravated assault knowingly while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, and five counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence,for his alleged involvement in a shooting incident on the 1400 block of Okie Street, NE, on Nov. 11, 2023. One individual sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

During the brief proceeding before DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan, the prosecutor explained its offer that would require Allen to plead guilty to aggravated assault knowingly while armed to resolve the other outstanding charges.  

Represented by his attorney, Michelle Lockard, Allen stated, “I reject the plea.”

Judge Raffinan set a trial date for Allen’s case of June 30, 2025.  A hearing to review defendant access to DNA evidence in the case is scheduled for June 5.  

Meanwhile, Allen was released to home confinement with a GPS monitoring device on April 10.

Lockard requested a modification to Allen’s release conditions that would enable him to attend job interviews in person.  

Judge Raffinan granted the request, saying it would hopefully help Allen find employment. 

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