Man Sentenced For Killing Ex's Brother, Shooting Father

12:59 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -  A man who killed his ex-girlfriend's brother and shot her father in 2011 was sentenced to more than 39 years in prison on Friday.

Thirty-one-year-old Brandon Andrews of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 39 ½ years, says U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.

Andrews was found guilty in February 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of second-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Leonard Bigelow and  assault with a deadly weapon for shooting at Bigelow's father. He was also found guilty of threats to injure for threatening his ex-girlfriend, and related weapons offenses.

Andrews and Bigelow's sister dated for approximately 10 months, but in August 2011, she ended the relationship after Andrews threatened her in a car.

Andrews repeatedly tried to call and sent text messages to his ex-girlfriend. She didn't respond to any of them. Many of the Andrews' text messages included profanity, threats and demands that she answer him. He also went by the Bigelow family home repeatedly. 

Andrews's ex-girlfriend sought a protective order to keep Andrews away from her and her family.

On Aug. 25, 2011, Andrews demanded his clothing via text messages. His ex-girlfriend dropped off the clothes on a street corner near a homeless center in the 400 block of Second Street NW, where Andrews stood and resided. Officials say she did not give them to Andrews directly because was afraid of him. Later, Andrews sent text messages claiming that the clothes were taken by others before he could retrieve them. He used profanity and threatened her property and her safety.

The next day, Andrews called and texted his ex-girlfriend multiple times before calling her home. Bigelow answered the phone and told Andrews that his sister did not want to see him or speak to him. Andrews declared that he was coming to the home at approximately 10 p.m. Bigelow said that he would be there.

Andrews arrived about 10:45 p.m. with a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his pocket, say officials. He came out of an alley and into the 1300 block of Emerald Street NE, and walked toward the house. Bigelow, his sister, and his father saw Andrews coming. Bigelow went onto the front porch with his father. His sister called 911. According to officials, Andrews stopped in front of the house and shot at Bigelow and his father twice. A bullet hit Bigelow in the chest. He collapsed and died that night. 

Andrews then walked back the way towards the alley.

On Aug. 27, 2011, law enforcement saw Andrews at the corner of Fifth and F Streets NW and arrested him. He told the police that he had a gun in his pocket and they discovered the loaded.25 caliber semi-automatic pistol used to kill Bigelow there.

At trial, Andrews claimed self-defense and said at the time of the shooting Bigelow charged at him with some type of weapon in his hand. But according to the government's evidence, Bigelow did not have a weapon and did not approach Andrews.

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