- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 24, 2011

A 19-year-old D.C. man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting another man at a Northeast bus stop after a funeral for a mutual of theirs.

Jeffrey Britt, 19, of the District had pleaded guilty in April to charges of second-degree murder while armed and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence for the Nov. 11, 2009, killing of George Rawlings, 21, of the District.

Britt, at the time a ward of the District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), had attended a funeral service for a boy named Ashton Hunter, another DYRS ward fatally shot in Southeast on Halloween 2009.

At the Capitol Mortuary in Northeast, Britt saw Rawlings, who was thought by some attending the service to have been involved in Hunter’s killing. “I should kill that nigga!” Britt was quoted in court papers as saying.

Britt and two other men followed Rawlings out of the mortuary to a bus stop at 1400 H Street Northeast, police say.

Court papers say one of the men, 21-year-old D’Angelo Edwards of Landover, said to Britt, “Let me see it,” referring to a handgun police said Britt was carrying.

When Rawlings attempted to get on the bus, the men opened fire and he collapsed on the steps in the well of the Metro bus. Britt then fired twice. Once they finished shooting, the three gunmen ran back toward the funeral home and eventually escaped from the area.

Rawlings was hit 11 times and later died from his injuries.

Edwards and another man, Javorick Moore, 19, of the District, have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in the case and await sentencing.