- The Washington Times - Friday, January 12, 2007

The second man convicted in the killing of journalist David E. Rosenbaum in Northwest last year was sentenced yesterday to 65 years in prison.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Erik P. Christian sentenced Percey Jordan Jr., 42, after a jury in October found him guilty on nine counts, including first- and second-degree murder.

Mr. Rosenbaum, 63, was hit in the head and robbed as he walked on Gramercy Street near his Northwest home in January 2006. He died two days later.

“I loved my dad,” said Daniel Rosenbaum, Mr. Rosenbaum’s son and a photographer for The Washington Times. “He was the greatest dad anyone could ever have. I can’t imagine a sentence that would fit this crime.”

Michael C. Hamlin, 24, was sentenced Jan. 4 to 26 years in prison for his role in the attack. Hamlin pleaded guilty in October to charges that included second-degree murder. He agreed to testify against Jordan, his cousin, as part of a plea deal.

The handling of the emergency call to the attack prompted a review by the city’s inspector general, who issued a report in June citing an “unacceptable chain of failure” in the response.

According to the report, responding Metropolitan Police officers failed to recognize that a crime had occurred, did not search the victim for identification and did not write an incident report.

The report said firefighters who responded to the scene did not assess or treat Mr. Rosenbaum correctly. They detected the odor of alcohol and discounted other potential causes of Mr. Rosenbaum’s symptoms because of it.

In addition, the ambulance was delayed when the crew got lost en route to the scene from Providence Hospital in Northeast, and the ambulance driver decided to take Mr. Rosenbaum to Howard University Hospital instead of the closer Sibley Memorial Hospital because Howard was nearer to her home.

The report also said Howard University Hospital workers failed to properly prioritize Mr. Rosenbaum when he was brought in, and they failed to follow their own procedures for monitoring patients for signs of trauma.

After the report was released, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, then a D.C. Council member, called on former Fire Chief Adrian H. Thompson to resign. Mr. Fenty, a Democrat who was elected mayor in November, last month followed through on a campaign pledge to fire Chief Thompson.

Mr. Rosenbaum’s family has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the city, claiming that negligence by the District and Howard University Hospital contributed to the journalist’s death. The first hearing in that case is scheduled for next month.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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