Jurors Discovered Proof of a Aware Disregard of the Excessive Danger of Hurt
A jury sitting within the U.S. District Courtroom for the District of Columbia returned responsible verdicts in opposition to two former members of the Metropolitan Police Division (MPD) in reference to a deadly police pursuit, on Oct. 23, 2020, in Northwest Washington, that brought on the dying of Karon Hylton-Brown, introduced Matthew M. Graves, U.S. Lawyer for the District of Columbia, and Wayne A. Jacobs, Particular Agent in Cost of the FBI’s Washington Subject Workplace’s Felony Division.
Terence Sutton, 38, an officer, was discovered responsible of second diploma homicide, conspiracy to impede, and obstruction of justice. Andrew Zabavsky, 54, a former lieutenant, was discovered responsible of conspiracy to impede and obstruction of justice. The trial was heard earlier than the Honorable Paul L. Friedman within the U.S. District Courtroom for the District of Columbia. A sentencing date has not but been scheduled.
The jury discovered that Sutton brought on Mr. Hylton-Brown’s dying by driving a police car in aware disregard for an excessive danger of dying or severe bodily harm to Mr. Hylton-Brown. The jury additional discovered that Sutton and Zabavsky conspired and mixed to cover from MPD officers the circumstances of the site visitors crash resulting in Mr. Hylton-Brown’s dying.
On the time of the police pursuit, Sutton was assigned to the Crime Suppression Crew in MPD’s Fourth Police District. Zabavsky supervised the Fourth Police District’s Crime Suppression Crew officers, together with Sutton. The pursuit started at roughly 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, after officers noticed Mr. Hylton-Brown, 20, driving a moped on a sidewalk within the Brightwood Park space of Northwest Washington. The pursuit continued on neighborhood streets for greater than 10 blocks and into an alley off the 700 block of Kennedy Road NW. Instantly upon exiting the alley and getting into Kennedy Road, Mr. Hylton-Brown was struck by an oncoming civilian car. He suffered extreme head trauma and died on Oct. 25, 2020.
The cost of second-degree homicide carries a statutory most of 40 years in jail. The conspiracy cost carries a statutory most of 5 years and the obstruction of justice cost carries a most of 20 years. A federal district courtroom choose will decide any sentence after contemplating the U.S. Sentencing Tips and different statutory components.
This case was investigated by the Felony Investigation and Intelligence Unit of the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Subject Workplace. The case is being prosecuted by the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Part of the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the District of Columbia.