DC Murder Defendant Gets 20-Year Sentence in Plea Deal

It’s been two years since a jury found Delonte Javon Wynn guilty of killing 46-year-old Darlene Marie Bryant. The case was finally closed yesterday (Tuesday) when DC Superior Court Judge Zoe Bush sentenced Wynn to 20 years in a plea deal, according to a D.C. Witness report.

Wynn’s defense attorney, Gretchen Franklin, asked Bush to give Wynn a 14-year sentence because of Wynn’s good conduct since he has been incarcerated.

“He is not the person he was when he killed,” Franklin said. But Bush said a 20-year sentence was appropriate, considering the crime as well as the work Wynn has done while incarcerated. Wynn has reportedly helped the Metropolitan Police Department with more than ten criminal cases since he has been in jail, including homicides, cold cases and drug cases.

Wynn also completed several classes, including life skills, computer classes, drug classes, finance classes and was a lead speaker for a family course.

Wynn said he stabbed Bryant because she stole some of his belongings.

“There is no justification for what I did,” Wynn told the victim’s family. “If I could trade places with her I would. I’m deeply sorry that I did what I did.”

Reduced from first-degree

Wynn was found guilty of first-degree murder while armed on June 26, 2017, for stabbing Bryant in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road, SE on May 13, 2015. His attorneys filed for a new trial after that verdict, resulting in yesterday’s sentencing hearing, at which Wynn accepted a 20-year plea deal for second-degree murder while armed.

The victim’s family opted not to speak at the hearing.

Wynn will receive credit for time served, according to DC Courts.

D.C. Witness is a non-profit that was founded in 2015 to provide information on every homicide in the District from the act to its judicial resolution. The organization informs residents and policymakers in the District of Columbia about the trail of murders that often go underreported.