A D.C. jury on Monday found five men guilty of murder in a series of horrific, retaliatory shootings that left five people dead and injured nine others in 2010 along South Capitol Street in Southeast.
Four of the men - Sanquan Carter, 21; Orlando Carter, 22; Jeffrey D. Best, 23; and Robert Bost, 23 - were found guilty of first-degree murder as well as all the dozens of other crimes they were charged with. A fifth man, 23-year-old Lamar Williams, was acquitted of several of the charges but still found guilty of second-degree murder and other charges like conspiracy and assault with intent to kill.
Family members of the five victims rejoiced in the hallways of the D.C. Superior Courthouse, afterward hugging one another and thanking prosecutors at the conclusion of what has been a monumental trial.
"God gave us justice today," said Patricia Jefferies, the grandmother of 16-year-old victim Brishell Jones."We don't have to worry about them getting out and murdering anyone else."
The men's sentencing is not scheduled until Sept. 11, but family members felt certain that the men were convicted of such serious crimes that they will never be released from prison.
The complicated trial began in February, and jurors had bee deliberating since April 25.
The men each faced charges from a series of attacks during an eight-day spasm of violence that touched off with the disappearance of Sanquan Carter's fake gold bracelet and culminated in a drive-by shooting that targeted a group of teenagers returning home from a friend's funeral.
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