D.C. Man Gets 28 Years for Killing Taxi Cab Driver

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    A Washington man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for killing a taxicab driver in 2013.

    Ercell Overton was sentenced Friday in the death of driver Solomon Okoroh of Glenarden, Md.

    The 33-year-old Overton previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case. A plea agreement in the case called for him to spend 25 to 28 years in prison.

    Police officers on patrol in Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood on June 4 heard a gunshot and saw a taxi pass them, prosecutors said. As it passed, police officers heard the sound of a second shot. The taxi then hit a parked car.

    Officers pursued Overton and his accomplice Joshua King, 24, on foot. Overton exchanged fire with the officers and engaged them in a chase before he was captured by a K-9 team, police said.

    Overton and King had been attempting to rob the taxicab driver. Okoroh suffered a gunshot wound to each shoulder and died at Howard University Hospital the next day.