Men Get 60 Years in 2011 Caribbean Festival Shooting

Two men have been sentenced to 60 years in prison each after they participated in a gang-related shootout that killed a bystander near a Washington street festival.

Deonte Bryant, 22, and Terrance Bush, 21, were found guilty last December of murder, as well as three counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, aggravated assault while armed and related gun charges.

Federal prosecutors say Bryant and Bush provoked and participated in a shootout with a rival gang member. Prosecutors say the rival was wounded along with three bystanders, one of whom was 43-year-old Robert Foster.

The shooting took place near the city's Caribbean Festival, but police said the violence had nothing to do with the festival itself.

“This festival was supposed to be a day of celebration, but an innocent bystander was killed and others were injured as a result of gunfire between rivals,” D.C. Police Chief Lanier said. “Hopefully, the sentencing today will provide a sense of closure to the family of the deceased victim and the surviving victims who were impacted by this senseless violence.”

The rival gang member, 22-year-old Terry Jimenez, pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. 

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