At sentencing, Patterson told Judge Thomas Motley that he was just following the “rules of the street” when he gave his cousin the gun used to shoot Jones.
Motley also sentenced Patterson to three years of supervised release following his jail sentence. In those three years he will be required to obtain his GED and attend parenting classes.
Patterson was charged with first-degree murder in Oct. 2011 as a co-defendant in Rickey Pharr’s murder case.
According to the government’s evidence presented at Pharr’s trial, on Oct. 2, 2010, Pharr encountered Jones at a craps game near Dix Street in Northeast DC. Pharr believed that Jones was an informant to police.
Prosecutor Reagan Taylor told jurors at trial that after Pharr saw Jones at the game, he asked Patterson for a gun. Patterson gave it to him, Taylor said.
Patterson was scheduled to stand trial with Pharr, but the cases were severed just days before the February trial.
Patterson pled guilty in March to illegal possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice. His cousin and co-defendant, Rickey Pharr, was convicted of first-degree murder in February and sentenced to 40 years in prison in April.
A proffer, which Patterson told the court was true, states that Pharr told Patterson about an argument he had with Jones and Pharr asked Patterson for a gun. But Patterson refused to give him one. Later on, Patterson obtained a gun and gave it to Pharr.
The proffer also states that Patterson was interviewed by police and subpoenaed after Jones’ death. While under oath before the Grand Jury, Patterson lied about being asked for a gun, the proffer states.