DC family feels betrayed after prosecutors offer son’s killer plea deal

A local family is not happy with the prison sentence given out Friday to the person who fatally shot their son in D.C.

Roger “Tom” Marmet, 22, was killed almost four years ago by a stray bullet as he sat in his car at a traffic light in Northeast after volunteering at the nonprofit SOME (So Others Might Eat).

The man who fired the gun, 26-year-old Barry Marable, got 14 years in prison as part of a voluntary manslaughter plea deal, an agreement Marmet’s family says prosecutors promised they would not agree to.

“I don’t know exactly what happened; I’ll never know,” Roger Marmet, Tom’s father, told news partners NBC Washington. “I do know there’s a backlog here in this courthouse of hundreds of cases.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement it analyzes “many factors” in accepting plea deals, including the facts of the case. However, it did not comment on the case further.

Marable said in court he would spend the rest of his life trying to make up for his mistakes.

Tom’s sister Sally said in a letter that was read in court by their mother during the sentencing that her brother was “spectacularly selfless” and a “pacifist” whose humanity made him “even more lovable.”

Court documents revealed that Marable had a record, including another conviction on an unknown charge, and was in trouble as a juvenile. Court papers also say Marable was neglected and experienced trauma as a child.

Kyle Cooper

Anchor and reporter Kyle Cooper, has been with WTOP since 1992. Over those 25 years Kyle has worked as a street reporter, editor and anchor. Prior to WTOP Kyle worked at several radio stations in Indiana, and at the Indianapolis Star Newspaper.

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