WASHINGTON – A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 61 years in prison for fatally shooting a landscaper over some grass clippings that landed on him as he was walking by.
Lankward Harrington was found guilty of second-degree murder after he took the stand and admitted shooting Jose Villatoro on Oct. 16, 2006.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin sentenced Harrington on Thursday. The judge imposed a term far above voluntary sentencing guidelines because of the nature of the crime.
The shooting occurred in broad daylight, and Harrington was arrested moments after the shooting, still carrying the gun.
This was Harrington's second trial. The first one, in which Harrington used an insanity defense, ended in a mistrial. He didn't claim insanity in the second trial.