Alphonso Roberts, 32, pleaded guilty on Friday to the murder of Maurico Walker.
In Roberts’ status hearing in early July, his attorney said his client was anticipating entering plea negotiations. Since then, Roberts was extended a plea deal which would sentence him to twenty years in jail for murder and fifteen for unlawful possession of a firearm. Both sentences will be carried out simultaneously.
According to details of the plea deal, Walker was killed earlier this year on February 10. Walker and another person were seen robbing unlocked cars in the 2100 block of R Street, SE. The person with Walker was seen taking items out of Roberts’ Volvo when Roberts noticed and exited his apartment to confront the two. Roberts confronted Walker, but Walker and his companion started to leave the area.
The two walked towards the Anacostia Library in the 1800 block of Good Hope Road, SE. Moments later, Roberts pulled up, exited his Volvo, and with a handgun, shot in their direction. Walker was shot in the back and head as he attempted to run away. He was transported from the scene and succumbed to his injuries.
At the time, Roberts was also legally banned from owning a firearm due to prior felony convictions. Police searched his home later on February 25 and found a Glock 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun in a closet. He was arrested that day and has been held ever since.
His sentencing will take place on September 16 for the murder case and October 14 for the firearms case.