LANHAM, MD. (WNEW) -– 23-year-old Shawn Gray, of Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from a shooting last year in which he fired at an unmarked van full of police officers in northeast D.C.
U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced Wednesday that Gray pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, a D.C. offense, and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony, a federal offense.
The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison. Gray is scheduled to be sentenced July 25.
According to court papers, on Jan. 26, 2013, at about 7:10 p.m., D.C. police officers were operating an unmarked burgundy minivan in the 1600 block of Montello Avenue, NE. The officers were wearing casual clothing and operating as a unit in the robbery intervention program.
As the officers drove through the block, they spotted Gray and another individual acting suspiciously. After the officers drove around and re-entered the block, Gray suddenly fired multiple gunshots at the van.
One bullet entered the van and passed between the four officers inside, and others apparently hit houses across the street.
Gray fled, but was soon found hiding underneath a parked vehicle in the rear of the alleyway from which he had fired. Seven spent shell casings were found on the ground. The gun itself was ultimately recovered from the ground near where the defendant was seized.
At the time of the shooting, Gray was on supervised release for a 2009 conviction in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for carrying a pistol without a license.
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