District man sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for the shooting death of fiance’

A District man was sentenced to nearly 11 years Friday for the 2011 slaying of his fiancee during an argument in their home.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin sentenced Ronald Picket, 27, to 10 years and 10 months in prison after Picket pleaded guilty in June to voluntary manslaughter while armed in the March 5, 2011 death Vanessa McGee, 36.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Cobb told the judge that the couple had gotten into an argument about another woman Picket had taken to a nightclub earlier that evening.

During the argument at their home in the 4700 block of B Street SE, Picket admitted to retrieving his 9 mm pistol from their bedroom while he was leaving. During the argument, Picket said McGee slipped on the floor and fell into him, causing the gun to fire. A bullet struck McGee in her right shoulder. She later died from her injuries.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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