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Three Men Plead Guilty in Shaw Shooting Death of American University Graduate

Three men have pleaded guilty in the 2015 killing of an American University graduate outside the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.

Andre Dudley, 22, Marcus King, 22, and Christopher Proctor, 28, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of voluntary manslaughter while armed and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in the death of 23-year-old Matthew Shlonsky, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Shlonsky had just gotten out of an Uber ride with friends and was heading to a concert at the Howard Theatre on Aug. 15, 2015, when shots rang out.

One of the bullets from the shootout struck Shlonsky in the chest. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Cleveland native graduated from American University in 2014 with a degree in international studies and had worked as an intern for Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

Before he surrendered, King said he was innocent. He told News4's Mark Segraves in an exclusive interview that he was nearby when Shlonsky was caught in crossfire about 4:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of 7th Street NW, but that he was not involved.

Dudley also pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing a fellow inmate at the D.C. Jail, the attorney's office said. The victim in that case suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Dudley’s plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for Dudley to be sentenced to an agreed-upon 18 ½-year prison term for the shooting and an additional 22 months for the jailhouse stabbing, for a total of 20 years and four months of incarceration. King’s plea calls for an agreed-upon sentence of 15 to 20 years, and Proctor’s plea calls for an agreed-upon term of 12 to 14 years. The Honorable Juliet McKenna scheduled sentencing for Aug. 13, 2018. All three defendants remain held pending the sentencing hearing.

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