Monday afternoon, Judge Michael Spaan sentenced Ariel Patrick -- a man convicted of beating Jamaal Barras to death outside of the F Street Station bar in September 2007 -- to a 40-year prison sentence, with 8 of those years suspended, leaving 32 to serve. After that, Patrick will face a 10-year probation, according to Spaan's order.
Patrick was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2009.
Patrick fled the country to Guatemala after another man he was with, David Anderson, was arrested for the assault. Anderson was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009.
A tipster who saw a story featuring Patrick on the television program "America's Most Wanted" led authorities to Guatemala, where he was captured and extradited to the United States.
During his sentencing hearing Monday, Patrick's attorney, Joseph Van de Mark, said that the circumstances surrounding Barras' death in 2007 met only the minimum requirements for a second-degree murder charge. He asked Spaan to sentence Patrick to a 25 year sentence, with 7 years suspended, plus a 10 year probation.
Prosecuting attorney Clint Campion asked for a tougher sentence: a 65 year sentence with 20 years suspended, and 10 years of probation.
Patrick himself was given an opportunity to address the judge before he made his decision. In talking about the murder 4 years ago, Patrick said, "a mix of alcohol and emotions escalated the situation out of control."
He also apologized to the family of Barras, pledging that he would be a model prisoner during his time behind bars.
"I will someday set an example for other convicts during rehabilitation," Patrick said.
In sentencing Patrick, Judge Spaan said it was important to send a message to the community at large that there are consequences for poor choices.