Wagswoofs – A teenager accused of murder, who was wearing an ironic sweatshirt at the time of the shooting, has confessed to his involvement in a deadly incident.
Emmanuel Simmonds, a 16-year-old, admitted his involvement in causing additional pain to a family in Montgomery County earlier this year at the Wheaton Metro Station, according to prosecutors.
Tenneson Vaughn Leslie, Jr., 18, of Greenbelt, was shot in the back of the head during a fight at the station. Emmanuel Simmonds, who lived in Gaithersburg, pleaded guilty to murder and weapon crimes for his part in the death.
On May 18, two groups, who were previously unknown to each other, were involved in a heated altercation on an escalator. During this incident, Simmonds, brandishing a firearm, shot Leslie as he and his friends attempted to flee the scene, according to officials.
The police found his body at the bottom of the staircase when they got there.
Leslie was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center right away, but he died there two hours after being shot.
Simmonds’ younger brother, who was 14 years old when the murder occurred, is also implicated in the crime and is currently facing trial in juvenile court, according to officials.
Prosecutors stated that Simmonds was captured on surveillance photos wearing a black hoodie with a vibrant red logo that said “BAD HABITS but GOOD INTENTIONS” alongside the other minor. The two individuals were observed boarding a train and making an effort to dispose of the weapon.
The authorities successfully located and apprehended both Simmonds in Montgomery County.
Simmonds admitted his guilt on Thursday, December 28th.
According to prosecutors, Simmonds has agreed to a plea deal that includes a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Additionally, the State is expected to recommend his admission into the Patuxent Youthful Offenders program.
The Patuxent Institution was established in 1955 with the objective of promoting public safety through the psychotherapeutic treatment of individuals who exhibit persistent antisocial and criminal behavior, according to officials.
“The mission has evolved over the years, but the one constant has been Patuxent’s role as a hub for treatment services for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.”
Over the years, the mission of Patuxent has undergone changes, but one thing has remained constant: Patuxent has consistently served as a central hub for treatment services for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
In 2022, Simmonds faced legal trouble when he was arrested for a strong armed robbery. Officials made note of this incident and he was tried as an adult for the crime.
“This was a shockingly brazen, callous act by a young offender,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said.
“(Simmonds) executed a young man on a crowded metro platform, not only claiming one innocent life but placing many other people at risk as there were other citizens, simply using the metro system, that easily could have been struck by a bullet.”