A D.C. Superior Court jury Friday convicted a 20-year-old District man of the fatal shooting of a District teen on a Northeast Washington sidewalk.
The jury found Kwan Kearney, 20, guilty of first-degree murder while armed in the Nov. 8, 2010, shooting of Joseph Sharps Jr., a 17-year-old honor student and athlete at Spingarn High School.
Prosecutors said Sharps had just completed his homework and had borrowed $2 from his mother when he and a friend walked down the 1300 block of Holbrook Street NE, passing Kearney and two other men
Kearney asked Sharps why his hand was in his pocket, according to authorities. Sharps, according to one witness, said he wasn’t reaching for anything, raising his hands in the air.
Prosecutors said Kearney then pulled a revolver from his waistband and began shooting. Sharps was hit in the stomach, leg and shoulder; Sharps’s 18-year-old friend was shot in the leg.
Sharps and Kearney had never met prior to the shooting, prosecutors said.
Kearney is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 10 by Judge Robert I. Richter. He faces life in prison.