Man Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder In 2008 Killing

Mason Binion, 32, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty after a jury trial of first-degree murder while armed, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Shea and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Binion was found guilty following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in front of The Honorable Ronna Lee Beck. Sentencing is scheduled for May 1, 2020. Proctor faces a potential sentence of life in prison without parole.

            According to the government’s evidence, on June 21, 2008, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Binion and three other individuals drove the victim, Michael F. Taylor, from a recreation center in Silver Spring to the 600 Block of Emerson Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C.  Binion and Taylor had arranged for a large purchase of drugs, and Taylor had given the drug money to a middleman who then took off with the money. Searching for revenge, Binion and his associates drove into the alley, stopped the car in front of a detached garage behind 610 Farragut Street, and then shot Taylor in the back of the head, killing him.