District men sentenced in 2008 triple-murder

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced two District men to more than 100 years in prison for a 2008 triple homicide in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz sentenced William N. McCorkle, 26, to 144 years in prison and sentenced McCorkle’s friend and co-defendant, Andrew Clinkscale, Jr, 26, to 105 years. A jury in October convicted each man of three counts of first-degree murder while armed and numerous other charges in connection with the May 31, 2008 slayings.

Duane Hough, 37, Johnny Jeter, 24, and Anthony Mincey, 35, were killed. The shootings sent authorities scrambling to set up neighborhood security checkpoints that were later ruled unconstitutional.

According to prosecutors, the shootings erupted after McCorkle argued with Hough and his two friends at a gas station at Florida Avenue and Holbrook Street NE. Moments later, authorities said, Hough was shot and killed on Holbrook.

Jeter was found behind the wheel of Hough’s GMC Yukon, also on Holbrook, according to prosecutors, and Mincey’s body was found nearby in an alley.

Authorities said Mincey was trying to escape a hail of gunfire when he was shot. McCorkle and Clinkscale fired 38 shots, according to prosecutors, standing over Hough as he lay on the ground and shooting him 17 times.

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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