A Washington D.C. Superior Court judge has sentenced Antwan Holcomb to 66 years in prison for the December 2009 murder of Anthony Perkins. The victim was one of two Black DC-area gay men lured to their death through phone and internet chat rooms in a two week span.
In March, the 21-year-old Holcomb was convicted of felony first-degree murder while armed for the shooting death of Perkins. Prosecutors said the 29-year-old Perkins met Holcomb through the "DC Raven" phone chat line, was lured to his death in a deserted alley and killed over a pack of Newport cigarettes.
The convicted killer was on a violent crime spree, reports the Washington Blade.
"It is difficult to imagine a more senseless murder, but it is not surprising from a criminal who two weeks earlier shot another man in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down," said aid Ronald C. Machen Jr., the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia,
Machen was referring to a separate incident in which Holcomb pleaded guilty to charges of assault with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon. In a combined sentencing hearing Thursday, Judge Lee Satterfield sentenced Holcomb to an additional 22 years of incarceration for those offenses, resulting in a combined sentence of 88 years in prison.
In his trial for the Perkins murder, a Superior Court jury found Holcomb guilty of first-degree murder while armed, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and carrying a pistol without a license outside the home.
Holcomb regularly used chat lines to target gay men, reported the Washington Post. "I’m a cold-blooded man," he told the detectives. "I don’t like fags. I never will."
Two weeks after Perkins' murder, the body of another gay man was discovered only blocks away. On January 10, the body of Maryland resident Gordon Rivers was found gunned down next to his car. Police charged two men aged 17 and 22 with first degree murder. Police said Rivers met his assailants via an internet chat room.
In May 2011, one of the cases was dropped and the remaining defendant plead to second-degree murder. The sentence was only 12 years behind bars.
The body of 38-year-old Michael McKoy was discovered May 27th and he became the third gay man to be killed in Anacostia within a six-month time frame. That case remains open.
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