U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced Monday a District man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murdering his two roommates in Northwest Washington.
Twenty-five-year-old Jeffrey Neal of Washington, D.C. murdered his two roommates, 22-year-old Leon Young and 23-year-old Delano Wingfield on June 12, 2014.
Approximately 11:35 a.m., Metropolitan Police responded to the 1800 block of 8th Street to investigate a reported unconscious person. At the scene, the responding officers located Young in the attic nude, with a plastic bag tied around his head, according to court documents.
Police returned to the residence on June 16, 2014 and found the Wingfield’s body in a shallow grave in the backyard. Wingfield was nude except for a pair of socks.
Preliminary investigation revealed the victims had been beaten in the head with a hammer. Wingfield, Young and Neal were all childhood friends. Neal confessed to killing Young in self-defense after he confessed to killing Wingfield.
An autopsy report determined Young had been struck with the hammer about 26 times, with some of the blows coming after the plastic bag was placed over his head. Neal admitted to only striking Young in the head twice. He also said he left socks on Young’s body, but when detectives found Young, he was not wearing socks. Wingfield’s body had on a pair of socks, not Young, detectives said.