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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

District Man Sentenced To 22-Year Prison Term For Two Armed Robberies And Related Charges-Defendant Targeted Two Victims In Rapid Succession-

     WASHINGTON - Calvin Jenkins, 24, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 22-year prison term on charges stemming from two armed robberies using a stolen car in Northeast Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today. 

     Jenkins was found guilty by a jury in April 2014, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, of two counts of armed robbery, one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle during a crime of violence, one count of fleeing a law enforcement officer, and related firearms offenses. He was sentenced on June 27, 2014 by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck.  Upon completion of his prison term, Jenkins will be placed on five years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s evidence, on Jan. 15, 2013, just after 8 p.m., Jenkins and his former co-defendant, who pled guilty in August 2013, robbed their first victim of $22 in the 4800 block of 8th Street NE. One minute later and approximately a block-and-a-half away, the men robbed the second victim of approximately $40 in the 800 block of Buchanan Street NE.

     Both robberies were committed using a distinctive Tec-9-style handgun.  The robbers were seen departing the scene of the second robbery in a vehicle that had been stolen two days earlier.  Police spotted that vehicle a few minutes later, resulting in a high-speed chase that continued over a mile to the parking lot of a Home Depot on Rhode Island Avenue NE. Both robbers fled from the car.  Jenkins was stopped by police on a ramp adjacent to the Home Depot, and the gun was found on his flight path.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Allison Daniels and Wanda Trice; Investigative Analyst Shannon Alexis; Information Technology Specialists Leif Hickling and Anisha Bhatia, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Philip A.  Selden, Scott Ray, John Giovannelli, Ann Carroll, Kevin Flynn, and John Mannarino.  Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Spence and Christine Macey, of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section, who prosecuted the matter.

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Updated February 19, 2015