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Graham seeks answers about shooting suspect

Questions officials’ supervision effort

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A D.C. Council member is questioning officials' efforts to supervise a 19-year-old man accused of gunning down an innocent bystander Saturday near the Caribbean Festival parade route.

Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, wrote in a letter Tuesday to Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier that Terry Jiminez may not have been properly monitored between his stays in the District and time he spent in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mr. Jiminez moved to New York for his safety after he was targeted in a Feb. 20 drive-by shooting that killed 18-year-old Lucki Pannell, a Cardozo High School student, while she sat on her porch.

Mr. Graham's letter said delay in working out compliance details of a national agreement governing the transfer of adult criminals led to gaps in the supervision of Mr. Jiminez between the D.C. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and officials in New York.

However, a CSOSA spokesman said the misdemeanor conviction that landed Mr. Jiminez under court supervision was not the type of crime that would normally warrant out-of-state supervision. Mr. Jiminez was convicted of receipt of stolen property and placed under supervision in September 2010, said Leonard Sipes Jr., a CSOSA spokesman. It was after the attempt on his life in February that Mr. Jiminez decided to leave the District to stay with family in New York.

Understanding that Mr. Jiminez was a potential danger to himself and others if he returned to the D.C. area, CSOSA kept in contact with Mr. Jiminez and his family in New York through twice-a-month phone calls and emails, Mr. Sipes said. Supervisory authorities in New York were under no obligation to monitor him.

"Most other parole and probation agencies in the country don't do what we did" in this case, Mr. Sipes said.

It was on June 20 that a "community leader" informed CSOSA that Mr. Jiminez was back in the District, both Mr. Sipes and Mr. Graham said.

"Within five days of Mr. Jiminez returning to the District, a second innocent bystander is dead, three others wounded, and a community is outraged," Mr. Graham wrote.

Mr. Graham said he wants answers on how Mr. Jiminez was supervised and the Metropolitan Police Department's attempts to locate him after his return to the District.

Mr. Sipes said when alerted of Mr. Jiminez' return, the agency did make contact with his family in the District and "information was exchanged," but no one was able to contact or find Mr. Jiminez.

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