Kwan Kearney, Jeremy Risper convicted of November 2010 murder
Kwan Kearney, the 21-year-old D.C. man who was sentenced to 60 years in prison in February in the shooting death in the 2010 shooting death of a Spingarn Senior High School student, was one of two men convicted Thursday in the murder of another man five days later.
Kearney and Jeremy Risper, both 21 and from Washington, were convicted of first-degree murder and weapons charges in connection to the Nov. 13, 2010 shooting of 19-year-old Jamal Wilson.
That shooting came just about five days after Kearney shot and killed 17-year-old Joseph Sharps, an honor-roll student-athlete at Spingarn, in Trinidad on Nov. 8. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison for that murder on Feb. 10.
Authorities say that just days after Kearney shot and killed Sharps, he and Risper, the co-defendant, got into a dispute with the victim, Wilson, on Nov. 13. The two allegedly had a falling-out when Wilson and his friends refused to help Kearney when he got into a fight.
He and Risper then obtained a gun, authorities say, and chased the victim and his friends near the unit block of P Street NW. That pursuit ended in a shootout just after midnight, during which Wilson was shot and killed.
Kearney and Risper will both face sentencing on June 15. Both face maximum terms of 30 years to life in prison.
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