Nathaniel Simms of Washington,D.C., sentenced to 25 years for his role in 2010 South Capitol St. shootings

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Nathaniel Simms, who pleaded guilty to his role in a series of 2010 killings in D.C., was sentenced on Friday to 25 years with five years supervised probation.

Simms addressed the D.C. Superior Court Judge, Michael L. Rankin, and the court before the sentencing.

"I want to apologize to these families for all you've lost to senseless, stupid acts," said Simms. "I've made a lot of bad decisions in my life. I've used poor judgement. I've had a lot of good opportunities, but I've wasted them," Simms explained. "I take responsibility for my actions, and I want you to know I'm sorry," he said. 

Simms went on to say "I pray for forgiveness, but I feel my God doesn't forgive." Simms hoped that after Friday's sentencing the families of the victims would gain peace of mind.

Before Simms spoke, four people gave victim impact statements. Judge Rankin gave the sentence recommended by the government in an attempt to balance his prompt cooperation with his murderous acts.

Simms was one of six suspects charged in a deadly drive-by shooting in Southeast D.C. two years ago.

By pleading guilty, Simms agreed to provide details of his role in the shootings and testify against his five friends who were all found guilty in May 2012. 

The shootings took place in March 2010.

Authorities said at the time that the shootings were the culmination of violence that began over a stolen bracelet.

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