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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 06/30/2011

SE man gets 66 years in death of man lured by chat line

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced a Southeast Washington man to 66 years in prison Thursday in the fatal shooting in 2009 of a District man, lured to his fate via a meeting on an anonymous gay phone chat line.

Judge Lee F. Satterfield, chief judge of the court, sentenced Antwan Holcomb, 21, to prison after a jury convicted Holcomb of felony first-degree murder while armed in March in the slaying of Anthony Perkins, 29, also of Southeast Washington.

During the trial, prosecutors played a videotape of Holcomb telling a D.C. homicide detective that he called the chat line and lured a man to a secluded area to rob him.

Men who call into the anonymous chat lines, Holcomb told the detectives, were working professionals who wouldn't report robberies for fear of disclosing their lifestyles. "You come up with a lot of money on there," he told the detective in the video played for the jury during the trial.

Holcomb phoned the line Dec. 27, 2009, and spoke with Perkins. The two agreed to meet and then drive together to an alley in the 2900 block of Fourth Street SE, near the house where Holcomb was staying. Holcomb then pulled out a .380-caliber handgun and shot Perkins once in the right temple. Perkins’s body was found in the driver’s seat with the engine running.

Holcomb denied the shooting, saying it was a friend of his who got in the car with Perkins. No valuables were stolen from Holcomb, authorities said. The only thing missing from him was a pack of Newport cigarettes.

In total, the judge sentenced Holcomb to 88 years in prison, including 22 years for other crimes unrelated to Perkins’s slaying. After the Perkins trial, Holcomb pleaded guilty to charges of assault with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon in an attack on two other people that took place about two weeks before Perkins’s slaying. Holcomb also pleaded guilty to a weapons charge dating to Jan. 29, 2010.

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