Emanuel Leyton Arrested – According to U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Robert J. Contee III, Emanuel Leyton, 22, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty by a jury of shooting a man outside a nightclub in Northwest Washington in July 2021. Late yesterday, the verdict was delivered. On March 31, 2023, the Honorable Robert Okun set the sentence date. Leyton, 22, was found guilty after a jury trial in the District of Columbia’s Superior Court of three counts of possessing a firearm during a violent crime, one count of carrying a pistol without a license, one count of aggravated assault while armed, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of assault with significant bodily injury, and two other lesser charges involving firearms.
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The victim, the victim’s cousin, and an additional unnamed acquaintance got into a verbal argument with Leyton inside Johana’s nightclub in the 4700 block of 14th Street NW just after midnight on July 30, 2021, according to the government’s evidence. Leyton quit the team but came back shortly after. He left, again, around the same time as the victim and the victim’s cousin, who walked in the direction of 14th and Decatur where their vehicle was parked. The victim was walking in the same direction as Leyton at the time. At the cross street, the defendant retrieved a gun from his waistband and shot the victim in the chest.
The victim sought refuge inside the club again, where he was discovered by authorities when they arrived a short while later. He was rushed to the hospital by DC FEMS personnel. Leyton was still standing on the sidewalk when the police arrived. He was halted after some onlookers identified him as a probable suspect. In a non-custodial questioning at the 4th District station, the defendant admitted to being at the site but said that someone else fired the shot from a moving vehicle. The victim’s cousin positively identified Leyton as the gunman many hours later, when the defendant was still cooperating with authorities.
The next day, an employee of a business in that area found a gun in a flowerpot outside and called 911. Ballistics evidence connected the recovered firearm to the shooting, and DNA evidence connected Leyton to it. Police from the Metropolitan Police Department looked into this situation. Alec Levy and Randle Wilson, Assistant U.S. Attorneys of the Major Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, are prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Kern, Paralegal Specialists Antoinette Sakamsa and Renee Prather, and Litigation Technology Specialist Charlie Bruce all made significant contributions.
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