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Two Men Found Guilty in Murder, Theft of Howard University Student



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    Two men were convicted Friday in the slaying and robbery of a Howard University student, according to the Prince George's County state's attorney.

    Angela Alsobrooks announced Friday that 20-year-old Michael Jordan of D.C. was found guilty of first-degree murder of 24-year-old Alonzo Guyton, who was killed in a robbery attempt in October 2011. D.C. resident William Knight, 22, was found guilty of robbery, theft and related charges for his role in Guyton’s death.

    Guyton had been walking to a friend’s house in Mount Rainier Oct. 25, 2011 when he was approached by Lorenzo Carlton, who attempted to rob him at gunpoint, according to Alsobrooks. When Guyton struggled with Carlton, Knight said that Carlton needed help, prompting Jordan to exit his vehicle and shoot Guyton multiple times with a SKS assault rifle.

    Police discovered Guyton suffering from gunshot wounds shortly after midnight Tuesday  in front of his off-campus apartment in the 4200 block of Kaywood Drive in Mount Rainier. Guyton, a former Marine and freshman music major at the university, was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time later.

    Knight, whose hand print  was found in a blue van that was spotted leaving the scene of the murder, was arrested Oct. 30, 2011, and initially charged with first-degree murder.

    “I am very pleased that Mr. Jordan and Mr. Knight have been held accountable for their actions,” Alsobrooks said. “Mr. Guyton was a Marine and a college student who clearly had a bright future in front of him and Knight and Jordan robbed him of that.”

    Jordan faces a maximum sentence of life plus 35 years. Knight faces a maximum sentence of 35-38 years. Their sentencing is scheduled for March 20.

    Carlton previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and related charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 28 and will receive a sentence of 70 years, with 35 years suspended.

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