DC man sentenced to 48 years in prison for 2014 barber shop murder

WASHINGTON — A D.C. man will serve many years in prison for killing a man at a barber shop in Southeast.

Twenty-nine-year-old Antwon Deangelo Green was sentenced to 48 years in prison, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Green was found guilty in December of first-degree premeditated murder of 38-year-old Breond Keys.

On Oct. 10, 2014, around 11 a.m., Keys was getting a haircut at a barber shop on Good Hope Road when Green walked in, pointed at him and walked out of the shop.

About 15 minutes later, Green walked back in — wearing different clothing and a face-mask — and shot Keys several times while others in the shop ran to get away from the gunfire.

When Keys fell to the floor, Green shot him several more times, then reached his ungloved hand into Keys’ pants pocket in order to steal the contents. Keys was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead.

Because of his disguise, witnesses were unable to identify Green as the shooter. However, surveillance cameras inside the barber shop captured the shooting on video.

When detectives saw Green reach into Keys’ pants pocket without a glove, they submitted Keys’ pants for DNA examination and analysis. The test showed Green’s DNA inside Keys’ pants pocket. He was was charged with murder in July 2015 and has been in custody ever since.

In addition, Green was charged with attempted armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and other related charges.

The 48-year sentence added to a six-year sentence that Green must serve for an armed robbery he committed on Oct. 28, 2014 at a liquor store a block away from where he killed Keys.

Green robbed the store owner who was stocking an ATM and stole $12,000 in cash. He pleaded guilty to the robbery in 2015.

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Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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