Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally stabbing man over basketball game

Almost two years after his death, Bobby Ellis’ murder case came to a close Friday when a judge sentenced Lamar Young to 15 years in prison.

According to court documents, in August 2015 Young and Ellis were playing basketball behind Ronald H. Brown Middle School, at 4800 Meade St. NE. The duo were playing on the same team, when Ellis made a play that Young was unhappy with. The two then got in argument that quickly escalated–Young grabbed Ellis by the neck and stabbed him once in the stomach.

Ellis then stumbled into the school parking lot, where he later died.

Young pleaded guilty in February 2016, to voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal, a downgrade from his initial second-degree murder charge. On Friday Judge Judith Bartnoff accepted the terms of the agreement and delivered her sentencing.

Young is expected to serve five years probation following the end of his 15-year sentence.


Comment guidelines:

D.C. Witness is a place where we want our community to come to remember loved ones and comment on homicide cases. These discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately discuss. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to set a few ground rules. Comments will be edited or deleted if they include vulgarity, name-calling, cursing or inflammatory language. Comments that include unverified information, slander, or hateful speech will be deleted. We reserve the right to edit comments to ensure they reflect the intent of the writer but make them publishable. If you believe your comment has been edited or deleted in error, please contact Jennifer Swift,