Alonte Sutton (Provided by the DC Council)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A D.C. man will spend 36 years in prison in the killing of a teenager in 2010 who had worked as an intern for D.C. Council Member Michael A Brown.
Thirty-year-old Omare Cotton was sentenced Friday to 36 and a half years in prison on charges stemming from the killing of 18-year-old Alonte Sutton in May 2010. After serving time in prison, Cotton will be placed on five years of supervised release.
Cotton was convicted in December 2011 of charges of second-degree murder while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, threats, destruction of property, and weapons offenses.
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According to the government's evidence, Cotton got into an argument with Alonte Sutton on May 7, 2010 when Sutton refused to give Cotton's girlfriend a ride to work. Cotton slashed the tires on Sutton's car and chased him with a knife in the 200 block of Newcomb Street SE. Sutton eventually flagged down a passing police car. Cotton then fled from police. Cotton was on parole at the time for an armed robbery in Maryland.
Cotton then sought out Sutton the next morning. Sutton had returned to the location with his girlfriend to change the tires on his car. The two got into a fight and Cotton threatened and chased Sutton's girlfriend with a tire iron. She fled in her vehicle.
Cotton also left and came back with a handgun minutes later. He shot at Sutton and chased him into nearby woods. Authorities say Sutton cowered in fear and then Cotton shot him five times.
Cotton fled the scene, changed his appearance, and tried to hide the gun from police.
Since no one saw the shooting in the woods, Sutton was not discovered until the next day -- Mother's Day.