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Antoine Taylor gets 17-years sentence in fatal shooting

A Fort Washington man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the 2010 fatal shooting of a college student during a Fourth of July celebration at a Northeast Washington park.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher on Monday sentenced Antoine Taylor, 30, to prison in connection with the July 3, 2010, slaying of Joshua Hopkins, 19, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

In 2010, Taylor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed.

According to prosecutors, several people were gathered at Watts Park, in the 6100 block of Banks Place NE, to celebrate the holiday weekend.

During the gathering, according to witnesses, Taylor and Hopkins were joking and trading insults. But at some point during the exchanges, Taylor became angry and began chasing Hopkins.

Taylor allegedly left the park. About 45 minutes later, however, witnesses said they heard a gunshot and saw Hopkins fall to the ground. Witnesses said they saw Taylor standing with a gun in his hand before walking away. He was arrested about a week later.

Hopkins had just completed his first year of college and had interned for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.).

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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