Regional briefs: Man get 27 years in D.C. murder; patron objects to security at movie

August 18, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Man gets 67 yearsin murder of teen

The man who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy and wounded a second teen on Memorial Day in 2011 was sentenced Friday to 67 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Eugene A. Kelly, 28, of the District had expressed a desire to avenge his brother’s death, which occurred three years earlier, prosecutors said. But they said his teenage targets had nothing to do with his brother’s killing. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said the decision to shoot them was inexplicable.

Isaiah Harris and a friend were walking home in the 1400 block of New Jersey Avenue NW about 10:15 p.m. on May 30, 2011, when Kelly, riding a small trick bike, opened fire. Harris was killed by a single gunshot; his friend was shot in the leg.

Kelly had believed someone from the 5th and O streets neighborhood was responsible for his brother’s death, prosecutors said. The teenagers were walking in that area.

Kelly was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on first-degree murder and other charges, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. He was found guilty in April.

— Stefanie Dazio

maryland
Patron says theater used racial profiling

A union organizer who attended a screening of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” at a Regal movie theater in Silver Spring on Saturday night has accused the cinema of racially profiling moviegoers.

Tiffany Flowers told MSNBC’s theGrio and local television news programs that armed security guards wearing bulletproof vests faced patrons while they watched the movie, which is based on the life of a black man who served as White House butler for eight presidents. Flowers, 35, said the audience was mostly black.

She told ABC­ 7 News that she and others felt profiled and that the treatment was “deplorable and disgusting.” She also posted her concerns on Twitter.

The Washington Post could not reach Flowers for comment Sunday.

In a statement, Regal Entertainment Group said that its theaters routinely hire security guards to assist with crowd control at sold-out shows. Russ Nunley, vice president for marketing and communications, wrote that no guests had complained at the theater Saturday night about security or staff.

— Julie Zauzmer

VIRGINIA
Man on Metro tracks struck, killed by train

An Orange Line Metro train struck and killed a 21-year-old Massachusetts man who was walking on the tracks outside the East Falls Church stop early Sunday, Metro officials said.

Caroline Lukas, a Metro spokeswoman, said the man was hit by a train on its way to the Ballston station shortly before 2 a.m.

Eight passengers on the train — one of the last of the night — were transferred to another train. Metro experienced delays in both directions as trains between East Falls Church and Ballston were single-tracked while officials investigated. Normal service returned when the system opened Sunday morning, Lukas said.

Metro officials are trying to determine why the man was on the tracks.

— Trishula Patel

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