- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington, D.C. man has pleaded guilty in the Fourth of July shooting death of a Howard University student killed in a botched robbery attempt.

Twenty-eight-year-old Rasdavid Lagarde pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder and other charges in the death of 22-year-old Omar Sykes. Lagarde faces between 20 and 30 years in prison at his sentencing on May 8.

On July 4, 2013, prosecutors say Lagarde and another man walked up to Sykes as he and a classmate returned from watching the fireworks on the National Mall. Prosecutors say Lagarde accidentally shot Sykes as he tried to pistol-whip him. The bullet went through Sykes’ arm and into his chest, killing him.

Lagarde was arrested three months later, but his accomplice has never been identified.

Sykes was a senior marketing major.


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