Next month, Washington, 20, must stand trial a second time on a charge of murder.
He and Marcus Washington, 23, no relation, stood trial together last week in Richmond County Superior Court. They blamed each other for starting a July 5 gun battle outside a Gordon Highway nightclub that killed Pr’shawn Williams, 22.
The jury deliberated for 10 hours May 3 before acquitting Marcus Washington of malice murder, deadlocking on the felony murder charge against Devin Washington, and convicting both men of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
On Thursday, Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced Marcus Washington to three years in prison, followed by two years probation under the First Offender Act. She sentenced Devin Washington – who was on probation for aggravated assault with the intent to kill and facing additional charges of attempted murder in Aiken County – to five years in prison, the maximum possible for the weapons charge.
The months the men spent in jail awaiting trial have changed them, defense attorneys Martin Puetz and Jacque Hawk told the judge; they want to leave the street behind.
Devin Washington wants to become a man his father could be proud of, Hawk said.