WASHINGTON (AP) — Five men responsible for some of the worst violence in the nation's capital in years have been sentenced to life in prison or sentences that will keep them behind bars for decades.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Ronna Beck said Tuesday it was nearly "miraculous" that more people didn't die in the violence, which left five young people dead over two days in March 2010. More than half a dozen people were also wounded in shootings that began over a missing bracelet, a piece of costume jewelry.
The violence culminated in a drive-by shooting just a few miles south of the U.S. Capitol. Those shot there had gathered after the funeral for another victim killed earlier in the week.
Beck sentenced the men, all in their early twenties, at the end of an emotional court hearing attended by relatives of the victims.