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South Capitol Street Shooters Found Guilty

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Patricia Jeffries, whose 16 year old granddaughter Brishell Jones was killed back in 2010, talks to reporters after the verdicts were announced.
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Patricia Jeffries, whose 16 year old granddaughter Brishell Jones was killed back in 2010, talks to reporters after the verdicts were announced.

A jury has returned verdicts for the five men accused of a string of shootings on South Capitol Street in 2010. After more than three weeks of deliberation, Jeffrey D. Best, 23; Robert Bost, 23; Orlando Carter, 22; and Sanquan Carter, 21 were found guilty on multiple counts of murder in the first degree; a fifth defendant, Lamar Williams, 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder. 

The shootings, which left five people dead and nine wounded over the course of an eight-day span in March of 2010, was one of the deadliest in recent memory in the District.

Prosecutors say it started over a piece of costume jewelry: a fake gold bracelet with fake diamonds disappears at a party. Anger lead to action. There was a shooting. A retaliation. Then more violence, robberies, shootings and finally a "drive-by" attack with an AK-47 on a crowd of young people returning from a funeral.

In court, the muffled tears of the victims' family members could be heard as the jury foreman delivered one guilty verdict after another — more than 150 in all.

Afterward, family members called the verdict a relief.

"A bittersweet relief, because these children will never be here again and so to hear the verdicts read, you have some relief that these guys, these evil young men, will never be on the streets to harm anyone again," said Norman Williams, whose son Jordan Howe was killed. 

Patricia Jeffries was also there. She lost her only granddaughter, Brishell Jones, then just 16, in the shootings.

"Eventually we will be able to move forward," said Jeffries. "But right now, it's like its like putting an ice pack or salve over your wounds and every day we have to heal a little bit and, you know, that's all we can do."

Sentencing will take place September 11.

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