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D.C. man sentenced for murder of 14-year-old

Friday - 7/1/2011, 6:29pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A 21-year-old D.C. man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison in connection with the February 2009 murder of a 14-year-old boy.

Ransom Perry Jr. pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder and robbery charges related to the death of Arthur Daniels Jr. He was sentenced Friday morning by D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz.

Prosecutors say Daniels was murdered after he and four friends -- who were all part of a church youth group -- walked past Perry and another male at about 10:45 p.m. in the 4100 block of Minnesota Avenue in Northeast.

When Perry asked where the group was from and they did not respond, Perry and the other person followed them. After asking again and getting no response, prosecutors say the second male said something to Perry like, "Man, they're ignoring you! Bust 'em!"

When the group of friends began to run, Perry chased them and shot Daniels in the back. The teen was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Prosecutors say Perry and his accomplice then left the scene and ordered a man to get out of his car at gunpoint. The man gave Perry $300, and Perry and the other person drove away.

Police later recovered the car, as well as the jacket and ski mask Perry was wearing the night of the incidents.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Perry turned 21 Friday.

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