Man waiting in jail for 2015 murder charge sentenced 40 years for previous crime

A 26-year-old man was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 40 years in prison for first-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed and two related firearms offenses, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office.

Jonathan Taylor killed one man and wounded another in Northeast Washington on Aug. 13, 2014.

Taylor and three others drove to the block of 46th Place NE and approached their target, 28-year-old Dexter Motley, on foot. One of the men in the group walked by Motley, pulled out a revolver and fired five shots. One shot hit one of Motley’s friends and another fatal shot hit Motley in the forehead.

Motley’s friend was able to escape, while the defendants fled. Taylor was later connected to the crime through the Honda Accord and other evidence and the verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

In a separate incident, Taylor is already awaiting trial on second-degree murder while armed for the July 4, 2015 death of Dwayne Dillard. Dillard was fatally shot in the at 11 p.m. in the 2600 block of Douglass Place SE.


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