Two D.C. men plead guilty to armed robbery in connection with 2013 fatal shooting

Akinwole Williams had just attended a job fair and was walking home from the Deanwood Metro station in Northeast Washington with a folder that included his résumé, job information and an essay he had written on Toni Morrison that he proudly showed off to prospective employers that day.

As he was walking and listening to music on his iPod on the evening of March 14, 2013, three robbers approached him, one with a sawed-off shotgun.

The three men demanded Williams’s iPod, according to prosecutors. Williams, 31, fought back. During a struggle, one of the men pointed the gun at Williams’s chest. Williams clutched his résumé and job-fair papers across his chest as the trigger was pulled. The slug, prosecutors said, went through the papers, into his chest and fatally struck his heart.

On Tuesday, the final two men involved in Williams’s death pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to armed robbery. Floyd Neal, 21, and Lafeyette Robinson, 21, both of the District, face five years and three years in prison, respectively, as part of the plea deal.

Last week, the shooter, Deandre Shaheed, also 21 and from the District, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Shaheed could face between 12 and 24 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 12 by Judge Jennifer Anderson. Neal and Robinson are scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 17.

Williams, along with his brother, worked at a shoe stop in Dupont Circle. He had completed his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at Catholic University that December and had looked forward to graduating with his class in May. The university presented Williams’s mother with his degree, prosecutors said.

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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 intern Chandra Levy.
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