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19 Year Old Suspect Charged with Murder of Matt Shlonsky in Shaw Saturday Afternoon

by Prince Of Petworth August 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm 68 Comments


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at approximately 4:50 pm, in the 1800 block of Seventh Street, Northwest.

The suspect, 19 year-old Marcus King, of Northwest, DC pictured above, is wanted pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the shooting death of 23 year-old Matthew Shlonsky, of Northeast, DC.

If you see this suspect, call 911 for immediate police response. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

  • I hope they catch him and put him in jail if he’s found guilty.

  • Bob

    Wow, he looks young. Or . . . I’m getting old.

    • Leslie

      It’s so sad. This guy wrecked someone’s life (and devastated the victim’s family) and threw away his own life. SO MUCH LIFE WASTED. He is so young!

    • anon

      He is young – he’s 19, says the article.

  • Anonymouse

    Wouldn’t you know it, they already have a mugshot.

    • mail

      yep, but no DC court records for him are showing up in the public court search, which strongly implies that the mug shot is from another arrest when he was a juvenile.

    • Ben

      You sure that’s a mugshot and not a drivers license photo?

      • Anonymous

        I doubt it’s a yearbook photo. :/

  • Dognonymous

    Depressing how young he is. And is that a DC mugshot? Infuriating if he’s got a record and still was out and about shooting people up at 19. Ugh.

  • LoganGuy

    Please note that there is not minimum sentencing for 2nd degree murders in DC per § 22–2104. This has allowed guys like this one to be out of prison in 5 years. California has the minimum set at 10 years and other states even stricter.

    • anonymous

      I was going to say, yay- this guy is 19, so the catch-and-release program for juveniles doesn’t apply, but your post just took the wind out of my sails. RIP Matt Schlonsky- a kid with apparently a lot of potential and good gone too early.

    • Shawg

      Minimum sentencing laws like that are a primary reason why the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. They disallow the judge to take mitigating circumstances into consideration (e.g., the young age of the suspect, possible peer pressure, etc). Instead of punitively wanting to lock people up for life, there are probably better options, such as treatment or counseling, that can help people like this in a way that improves society and doesn’t involve long jail sentences.

      • LoganGuy

        Wow. Your debate goes straight to life in prison. I stated a minimum. When you are talking about taking someone else’s life how can you argue for someone being released on good behavior after five years or less. This family will never see their son again.

      • GBinCH

        I think the over application of minimum sentencing laws to all manner of offenses is the issue here. Minimum sentencing laws don’t make sense when applied to minor crimes like drug possession, but in this case we’re talking about murder You’ve killed someone, ended their life…if found guilt, I personally think there should be a minimum sentence and it should be a lot longer than 5 years..

        • Accountering

          Somewhere in the 60-80 year range IMO. I really don’t care about this little punk kid or his family. You killed someone. I am going to save my sorrow and hurt for the family of the kid who by no fault of his own was killed, not for the kid who chose to do the killing.

          • GBinCH

            Agreed. I hope they throw the book at him and the other individuals involved. As far as his age goes, being 19 is no defense. At 19 years old, you know the ramifications of your actions perfectly well.

          • GBinCH

            Let me caveat my previously comment with “if found guilt.” I agree with the other comments in this thread that you should be presumed innocent until found guilty. Like everyone else, I don’t know all the facts other than what’s been reporting.

      • Accountering

        Lets deal with the incarceration for non-violent drug crimes sure, but people like this should go down for life.

    • jcm

      The sentencing guidelines have a base of 235-293 months for second degree murder. Five years would be exceptionally low. The vast majority of convicted murderers in DC do 10 years or more.

      • LoganGuy

        In DC: “parole eligibility: one-third of sentence”

        • jcm

          Not sure what you’re quoting. DC doesn’t have parole. We follow the federal truth-in-sentencing rules, which means you have to serve a minimum of 85% of your sentence.

          • Anonymous


  • Marty

    MPD certainly does seem to arrest someone pretty often within the week for homicides. Do we know what the conviction rate is?

  • Truxton Thomas

    No brains, just guns.

  • stevee84

    He looks like a kid

  • ParkViewRes

    NBC4 is reporting that the suspect admits he was at the scene, but he isn’t the shooter and “wants to turn himself in, but he’s scared.”

    • Petworth dude

      Whoa, so they already got him?

      • ParkViewRes

        Nope, apparently the fool is talking to a reporter(s).

        “Marcus King, 19, of Northwest D.C., is wanted in the death of 23-year-old Matthew Shlonsky. King told News4’s Mark Segraves by phone Thursday that he’s innocent and will report to police but is scared.”

        • LongtimeResident

          If you have no knowledge of the legal system, talking to a reporter may seem like a good idea.

          • Leslie

            Yep. But if he really is innocent (doubtful, I’m guessing, but possible), letting people know he’s going to talk is really not a good idea.

        • neighbor

          I’m going to guess that by “innocent” he means he was in the car but didn’t fire the gun. And although he may feel “innocent” that’s felony murder in the eyes of the law.

          • HaileUnlikely

            His story is that he was just “chillin” at the barber shop when it all happened, and also says that he himself was shot 3 days prior. While I don’t have too much trouble believing that he was an active participant, I have no actual information that precludes the possibility that he really was just there and that the perhaps he was even the intended target of the shooter, i.e., that somebody who had shot him on Wednesday was trying to finish the job.

  • TacoPants

    19 years old, damn. So diseartening.

  • jumpingjack

    I’m glad they identified him so quickly (and hope they find him soon). Now they just need to ID and find the person who killed Charnice Milton.

    • Tom

      +100, that is one of the more disheartening tragedies of the year. I believe she was used as a human shied. Of course, nobody saw anything.

    • Eponymous

      +1. I know this is cynical and slightly paranoid, but I find it interesting that Tamara Gliss was shot right near here and her killer is still at large. Ditto Charnice Milton’s killer, in spite of the fact that there’s video of the suspects. But with Shlonsky, Kevin Sutherland, and the Savapoulos family they bagged suspects within days. I really hope they have the right people in each instance, and aren’t just grasping at suspects so that the people with money in this city feel safer…

      • fka Shawess

        Even if this is cynical or paranoid, I’m right there with you in thinking it. I would add that I would sincerely hope the MPD is using the same resources they used for Shlonsky, Sutherland and the Savapoulos family to find the killers of Gliss and Minton, but really doubt that is happening.

      • Anonymous

        The Sunderland stabbing happened on a metro train in front of at least 15 eyewitnesses. The guy assaulted and/or robbed other passengers before and after he stabbed Sunderland. Then he left the train and walked out of the metro, during which time he passed by any number of the security cameras that are in the metro system. I believe he ended up leaving the phone he was trying to steal from Sunderland behind – so that means fingerprints. I’m thinking the police have the right guy in custody for that one.
        The Savoupoulos suspect was identified by DNA. Hard to fake that. Plus the unexpected windfall of cash he had on him when busted – which happened to be almost the exact amount someone brought to the house and left outside before the fire which destroyed the house was set. So I’m thinking that guy had some involvement in the crime.
        Neither of the above cases is like that incident in Boston years ago when a white woman had her husband killed by some guy she was cheating with, claimed the husband was killed by a black guy who tried to rob them, and then the police department basically rounded up every black male in Boston.

        • Nicky

          Did that happen, too? Because there was the guy having an affair, shot his pregnant wife dead in the car, shot himself in the leg, claimed they were attacked by a black guy who thought the car phone meant the white guy was a cop, and then the rounded up every black male in Boston. Until the white guy through himself off a bridge into the Charles.

          • EckingtonDoodle

            Ha thats funny. all bridges over the Charles are 20 feet high at most. Not much chance of getting hurt there :-)

  • I Dont Get It

    Wanted not charged. The headline is misleading.

    • Timmy

      The press release does say that there is a warrant charging him.

      “The suspect, 19 year-old Marcus King, of Northwest, DC pictured above, is wanted pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the shooting death of 23 year-old Matthew Shlonsky, of Northeast, DC.”

      • Duponter

        The article also says it, so people should read more than just the headline.

        • I Dont Get It

          I’m not sure that charged = charging but let’s not quobble.

          • I Dont Get It

            Lol or quibble

  • say what

    thank god he is 19 so he will tried and sentenced as an ADULT.

  • tracey

    While this incident, and the far-too-many similar to it, are clearly indicative of a larger problem in DC, please remember that this is a person of interest. He has not been found guilty. None of us have seen the evidence. While there tends to be a revolving door policy with criminals in this city, this person is innocent until proven guilty. He may have a mugshot, but we do not know all the facts yet.

    • textdoc

      Legally, he’s innocent until proven guilty, and media outlets and juries have a responsibility to keep this in mind.
      As private individuals, however, we can speculate and assume all we want.

    • neighbor

      He’s also not just a “person of interest,” he’s been charged.

  • FormerDelRay

    Why is his age surprising? In DC, there are 10 year olds running around with guns. At 19, he’s middle aged. Btw, seeing him makes me think of the agony the Shlonsky family is experiencing. It’s gut wrenching.

  • Brooklander

    Don’t get me wrong, I hope he gets caught and subsequently fried. But…that face. He’s a child. I’ll never understand how a life can go so awry.

    • say what

      19 isnt a child.

    • 20th street

      You’ll never understand? Systemic poverty, terrible graduation rates, cycle of violence in the communities many of these young people grow up in are just a few of the underlying reasons.

      • Anonymous

        What you are saying is true. But contrary to what a lot of people believe, the vast majority of the people who grow up in these circumstances don’t turn out to be criminals. If you talk to the police, they will tell you that the majority of crimes in underprivileged communities are committed by a small cohort of people.

        • Shaw Guy

          Consider this: He is probably already a father to one or more kids. How good do you think their upbringing (by mom, grandma or foster care) is going to be?

    • Leslie

      I know. I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m excusing him, because he killed someone just strolling by, but it makes it somehow even sadder that he’s some young kid who had a whole life ahead of him if he didn’t do something moronic.

      • Duponter

        I get your point, but the chances this kid’s life ahead of him was going to be something positive were slim to none. 19 or 29 or 39, the opportunities for most african american men born and raised in DC are bleak. That of course does not justify murder, but it should at least eliminate any surprise from anyone that this happened. The reality is most of us have zero idea what it is like to grow up in the conditions so many in the same city we live in do. Worse is that most of us don’t care.

    • Timmy

      Sorry to dash your hopes, but we don’t do the death penalty in DC.

  • Tom

    I’m interested in:
    1) How do they know it was him? WaPo is reporting that guns were fired on both sides of 7th street.
    2) How many priors does he have that he was so easily know to police?

    • HaileUnlikely

      Perhaps somebody submitted a tip in response to the video MPD put out a day or two ago. Although it is possible that he did indeed fire the shot that killed the guy, I am somewhat doubtful that the police have actual knowledge that he personally was the one who fired the fatal shot.

    • anon

      I think under the “felony murder rule” he could still be charged with murder as long as he committed a dangerous felony connected to the incident. Or something like that.

      • GBinCH

        That was my first thought. If he is involved in the shooting, then he might be subject to the felony murder rule.
        Regarding Tim and HaileyUnlikely’s comment, I imagine they will have a hard time determining who actually fired the shot. If they can recover the gun, and perform a ballistics test, then they might be able to determine the weapon that was used (although it could always be claimed that someone else fired it, however likely).

        • HaileUnlikely

          If he was actually armed and actually shooting, then yes, I suspect that they will charge him under the felony murder law. If as he says he was just hanging out at the barber shop minding his own business, or for that matter if he was participating in the shooting as a *target* rather than as a shooter, that’s different. I sure hope evidence otherwise is stronger than the word of somebody else there who may well have been involved themselves as well.

    • neighbor

      Yeah, I’m going to guess anyone firing any of the guns or with the people firing the guns could be charged with felony murder. Which to be honest seems completely fair and reasonable. It was the situation (i.e. firing a gun at people in a crowded space) that led to the death and only holding responsible the particular shot that killed someone is silly. That’s why felony murder exists.

  • john

    No surprise that he already has a mug shot on file. Now if the court finds him guilty I certainly hope they cook his ass to cinder in the electric chair.

    • JohnH

      Not sure that’s a mug shot. Could be driver’s license. Doesn’t change much though – pathetic.

  • kcindc

    Wow. This kid has the look of a babe in the woods. I know at that age I knew how to make ‘good’ choices, but I also look back 20+ years ago and think ‘there but for the grace of God’… and I am not even religious. I just happened to make a series of better choices and had better opportunities -with people who didn’t give up on me. It is heartbreaking all the way around.

  • Stew913

    He may be young but he know what he was doing. Do i feel sorry for him…hell no. Now let him face what coming to him. I am sure Matt family and friends are hurting. These young folks don’t think anymore they just do crazy stuff.


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