- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A D.C. man was sentenced to 47 years in prison on Wednesday for a 2003 killing of a homeless person fatally shot as the man begged for his life.

Alfred Evans, 28, of the District, was convicted in April for the second time of first-degree felony murder while armed and obstruction of justice stemming from the April 2003 killing of Reginald Brighthart, 35.

Evans had previously been convicted of felony murder stemming from the killing but was granted a new trial after it was discovered that an exhibit excluded from evidence had been submitted to the jury during its deliberations.

Evans, who uses the nickname “Stink,” and Frank Johnson of Suitland killed Mr. Brighthart, a homeless man, in the early morning hours of April 7, 2003. Prosecutors said that after a night out at a club in Prince George’s County, Johnson drove to a housing complex on Robinson Place in Southeast and began harassing Mr. Brighthart, initiating the attack to degrade the man, who was a known substance abuser. The harassment escalated into what prosecutors at his trial described as a “brutal beating.”

Once Mr. Brighthart was weakened, Evans joined in the attack, helping to drag the defenseless victim down a stairwell while beating him. He then handed Mr. Brighthart a towel and forced him to clean up his own blood from the hallway.

Mr. Brighthart fled, but Johnson and Evans chased him into an abandoned apartment and forced Mr. Brighthart to put his head in a toilet and beg for his children before they fatally shot him, prosecutors said.

According to a 2010 D.C. Court of Appeals ruling denying Evans‘ motion to dismiss the charges, the killing occurred after Mr. Brighthart bit Johnson during the fight and someone warned Johnson that Mr. Brighthart had AIDS.

Prosecutors say Evans later attempted to obstruct justice by placing phone calls from his jail cell in hopes of silencing a witness against him.

Johnson, now 30, was found guilty in 2009 of charges relating to the killing and is serving a 58-year sentence.

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