FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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District Man Found Guilty of Conspiracy,
Armed Robbery and Obstruction of Justice Charges
- He and Another Man Robbed Two Victims at Gunpoint in Northeast Washington -
WASHINGTON - Joseph D. Jones, 29, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty of charges stemming from a robbery of a man and a woman in 2010 in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
A jury found Jones guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, two counts of armed robbery, and one count of obstruction of justice. The verdicts, returned July 30, 2012, followed a five-day trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Robert I. Richter, who presided at the trial, scheduled sentencing for Oct. 3, 2012.
According to the government’s evidence, on Oct. 22, 2010, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Jones, and a co-defendant, Gary Nichols, planned and participated in an early evening robbery of the two victims in the 3700 block of Jay Street NE. Nichols, 20, also of Washington, D.C., previously pled guilty to his role in the robbery, and is awaiting sentencing.
At one point, Jones pistol-whipped the female victim, pulled her hair, and stomped on her face after she recognized him. Jones and Nichols took more than $900 in cash and other property from the victims, including a cellular phone, the victims’ keys, and a Metro card. Jones also threatened to kill the female victim if she called the police. In addition, he called her days after the robbery to intimidate her from calling the police.
In announcing the verdicts, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the Metropolitan Police Department detectives and officers who investigated the case. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegals Richard Cheatham, Anthony Griffith, and Antoinette Sakamsa, and Victims Advocate James Brennan. U.S. Attorney Machen also thanked intern Alyssa Weis, who assisted in legal research and trial preparation. Finally, he expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tejpal S. Chawla, Clare Pozos, Eric Kenerson, Amy Jaquette, and Heather Carlton, who assisted in handling this case.