David Warren sentenced to 36 years for fatal shooting of Ervin Griffin in Northeast

A District man was sentenced Friday to 36 years in prison for the 2011 carjacking and fatal shooting of a Southeast man.

At his sentencing, David E. Warren, 28, repeatedly told D.C. Superior Court Judge Rhonda Reid Winston that he wasn’t a “bad person” and that he was not responsible for the fatal shooting of Ervin L. Griffin, 32.

Winston reminded Warren that a jury in March, following a three-week trial, found him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder while armed during the commission of a robbery and numerous other charges.

Prosecutors said that on May 13, 2011, Griffin was waiting in his SUV for several friends to arrive at a bus stop in the 1200 block of 18th Street NE. Warren, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, walked up to Griffin’s vehicle opened the passenger-side door and grabbed Griffin’s keys. Warren then went to the driver’s side and pulled Griffin out of the vehicle and demanded money. Warren, prosecutors said, then walked Griffin into a nearby alley and into a yard, where he shot and killed him.

Surveillance video obtained by D.C. police showed Warren leaving the alley within a minute after the shooting. Griffin’s father, speaking at the sentencing, told the judge of how the death of his youngest child has left his family “still grieving” and that he was convinced that others, in addition to Warren, were involved in his son’s death.

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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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