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Two Men Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder for Shooting at Caribbean Festival Set for Sentencing

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    D.C. Superior Court. (Courtesy Image)
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Deonte Bryant, 22, and Terrance Bush, 21, of Washington, D.C. are scheduled to be sentenced March 7 in connection with a slaying at the Caribbean Festival in June 2011, according to a statement issued by the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr.

Bryant and Bush were found guilty by a jury on Dec. 13, 2013 in D.C. Superior Court of first-degree murder while armed and other charges for shooting and killing a man and wounding two other people during a shoot-out at the crowded festival. Both were also found guilty of three counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, one count of aggravated assault while armed, and gun charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced March 7.

According to evidence in the case, Bryant and Bush provoked and then participated in a shootout with a member of a rival neighborhood group, striking and injuring the rival, as well as three innocent bystanders who were hit by bullets as they tried to run away. The shooting took place in the 700 block of Gresham Pl. NW.

Killed in the incident was Robert Foster, Jr., 43. Another innocent bystander was gravely wounded but survived. The third innocent bystander was shot in the leg and the side but also survived.

The rival, Terry Jimenez, 22, pled guilty to charges in the case.



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