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Raymond Roseboro sentenced to 40 years in Prince Okorie murder

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A 23-year-old man who shot and killed a high school classmate in November of 2010 was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday, marking the end of a drawn-out case that was retried twice in a 12-month span.

Raymond Roseboro, a 23-year-old Washington man, was found guilty in the November 30, 2010 shooting death of Prince Okorie, who was 16 at the time, near Sherman Circle.

Before being found guilty this past February, two previous trials of Roseboro in March and September of 2012 resulted in hung juries. During Wednesday's sentencing, though, Superior Court Judge Russell Canan called the murder of Okorie a "senseless and cowardly killing."

A friend of Okorie described Okorie to Homicide Watch as a "quiet, sweet and smart" teenager who "could have been anything." He was also looked at as a potential witness in the high-profile murder of Neil Godleski, a Catholic University student who was gunned down in 2010.

Okorie was a student Roosevelt Senior High School at the time of his murder. Prosecutors say that just after school let out on the day of the shooting, Roseboro encountered Okorie and other teens outside a home near 7th and Emerson streets NW. At that point, Roseboro asked Okorie to walk with him to a nearby store.

As Roseboro, Okorie and other teens walked down nearby Delafield Place, though, the defendant pulled out a gun and shot Okorie several times at close range. During his third trial, a witness to the crime was able to identify Roseboro by his distinctive hairstyle.

The Washington Times later uncovered that Roseboro was a ward of the city when he shot and killed Okorie.

Throughout all three trials, Roseboro denied ever knowing Okorie or any of the other teens who were there when the shooting happened. Instead, he repeatedly claimed to have been at home with his girlfriend when the murder occurred.

Roseboro will be subject to five years of supervised release after his prison term ends.

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