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Brandon Andrews sentenced in 2011 murder

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A District man found guilty of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend’s brother was sentenced to 39.5 years in prison Friday.

Police say Brandon Andrews killed Leonard Bigelow and wounded Bigelow’s father in August 2011. He was found guilty of second-degree murder in February.

Prosecutors say Andrews often threatened Bigelow’s sister and she eventually ended their relationship of 10 months. After the break up, Andrews repeatedly called and sent threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend, but she did not respond. Andrews often went by the Bigelow family home, though he was uninvited and unwelcome.

The threats were so bad Andrew’s ex-girlfriend sought a protective order against him.

On the night of Aug. 26, Andrews appeared at the Bigelow’s home on Emerald Street NE with a loaded semi-automatic pistol. He shot at Bigelow and his father twice, fatally striking Bigelow in the chest.

The next day, police found Andrews on the corner of 5th and F streets NW. A loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol was found in his pocket and he confessed to the killing.

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