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D.C. man sentenced in 2008 slaying

A District man was sentenced Friday to more than 64 years in prison for the 2008 slaying of a Northwest man and the non-fatal shooting of a five-year-old boy during an early morning home invasion.

D.C. Superior Court judge Judge William M. Jackson sentenced Allen Butler, 33, in connection to the Dec. 11, 2008 fatal shooting of Franklin Johnson, who was staying in a house in the 600 block of Kenyon Street NW.

According to prosecutors, around 8 a.m. a neighborhood resident notified police that someone had been shot inside the house. An officer found Johnson, 37, a part-time resident, dead. A five year-old boy, also in the house, was shot in the abdomen, but survived.

Police later arrested Butler and his co-defendant, Steven Lewis, 30, and charged each with second-degree murder while armed and other charges. Police said Johnson and the boy were shot during a home invasion by the two men.

Both men were convicted by a jury in June. In September, Lewis was sentenced to 58 years in prison. A third defendant, Tawanda Sheffield, 34, also of the District, who prosecutors said repeatedly lied to police about Butler’s whereabouts, was also convicted of two counts of obstruction of justice. Sheffield was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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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