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Barry’s son pleads guilty to drug possession in D.C.

The son of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug possession charges, according to D.C. Superior Court documents.

Marion Christopher Barry was arrested in May after police were called to his apartment in Southwest for a report of a fight.

When officers arrived at the apartment, in the 4300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, the 31-year-old Barry refused to open the door for officers and jumped out the window, according to court documents.

Police entered the apartment and found blood on the floor, a half-ounce vial of liquid PCP and five sandwich bags of marijuana inside the apartment.

Barry was arrested later that evening when he returned to the apartment and sought treatment for a bloody foot, according to media reports.

The maximum penalty for possession of PCP, a felony charge, is three years in prison. However, under Barry’s plea agreement, prosecutors said they will seek no more than six months prison time.

Drug distribution charges, which carry significantly higher maximum jail sentences, were also dropped as part of the plea agreement. Possession of PCP with intent to distribute is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Barry’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 27 before Superior Court Judge Robert Morin. His attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Barry’s father also served time on drug charges.

In 1990, during his third term as mayor, he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room in an FBI sting operation. He served six months in federal prison. He was elected to a D.C. Council seat in 1992 and won a fourth term as mayor in 1994. He was elected to the council again in 2004.

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Andrea Noble

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