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D.C. man who fatally shot another man while wearing a monitoring anklet is sentenced

January 3, 2018 at 3:04 PM

A District man who was under court supervision for a drug arrest and was wearing a GPS-ankle-monitoring bracelet when he fatally shot another man a year ago was sentenced to 29 years in prison Wednesday.

Late last year, Malik Hough, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2016 shooting of 22-year-old Herbert Dowtin, about a month after the two got into an argument.

Related: [D.C. man pleads guilty to killing a man while wearing GPS-monitoring bracelet]

Authorities say Hough walked up behind Dowtin and shot him eight times as Dowtin walked down the 800 block of Xenia Street in Southeast Washington about 1:20 p.m. Dec. 27, 2016. Dowtin was unarmed at the time.

Prosecutors say Hough's DNA was found on the 9mm firearm that was discarded two blocks away. Hough was wearing a GPS bracelet at the time of the killing but then cut the anklet off in an attempt to evade prosecution. Hough had been arrested for distribution of cocaine a month before he fatally shot Dowtin. In exchange for not being held in D.C. jail on the drug charges, Hough was placed on GPS monitoring.

Hough has remained in jail since his arrest in January 2017 for the slaying. In the courtroom before sentencing Hough, D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff referred to Hough's actions as "inexplicable."


Keith L. Alexander covers crime and courts, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases, for The Washington Post. Alexander was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that investigated fatal police shootings across the nation in 2015. He joined The Post in 2001. He previously worked as a reporter for USA Today, BusinessWeek and The Dayton Daily News.

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