DC man sentenced in 2021 shooting that killed 1, struck another in Northeast

A D.C. man was sentenced Friday in the 2021 shooting of two unarmed people, which killed one of them, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

DeJuan Bell, 47, of D.C., was sentenced to 24 years in prison and five years of supervised release on the charge of second-degree murder while armed for the Dec. 10, 2021, shooting that killed one man and struck another, according to a release.

Bell pleaded guilty on March 1.

According to the government’s evidence, on the evening of the shooting in the second floor hallway of an apartment building on 4th Street in Northeast D.C., Bell intentionally fired a handgun at least seven times at two unarmed people, striking both and killing 34-year-old Davon Childs of Hyattsville, Maryland.

Bell was also sentenced to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release for the charge of aggravated assault while armed, which will run concurrently with the first sentence, the release said.

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Dana Sukontarak

Dana Sukontarak is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. She loves haiku poetry, short sci-fi stories and word games. She grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and currently lives in Silver Spring.

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