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District Man Sentenced to 8 ½ Years in Prison
For Armed Robbery of Elderly Taxicab Driver
- He and Two Others Beat the Victim In Southeast Washington -

     WASHINGTON - Jarrell Bell, 23, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 8 ½ years of incarceration for his involvement in the armed robbery of an elderly taxicab driver in April 2011, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Bell pled guilty in June 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to the charges of armed robbery, conspiracy, and offenses committed during release. The Honorable Gerald I. Fisher sentenced him to 84 months of incarceration for armed robbery, six months for conspiracy, and 12 months for committing those offenses while on release in another criminal case. Judge Fisher imposed the sentences to run consecutively.

     According to the government’s evidence, on April 24, 2011, at about 12:45 a.m., a 76-year-old taxicab driver parked his taxi in the 800 block of Bellevue Circle SE and got out of the vehicle. Bell, co-defendant Jared Farmer, and a third accomplice, known as “Six,” all wearing ski masks over their faces, rushed toward him. “Six” pointed a gun at the driver and pistol-whipped him, Farmer pointed a BB gun resembling a handgun at him, and Bell struck him with a metal asp. Bell and “Six” went through the driver’s pockets, taking, among other things, his cell phone, wallet, car keys, and cash. The men then jumped in the taxi and drove away.

     Bell pled guilty solely to that armed robbery. Farmer pled guilty in June 2012 to the armed robbery of the taxicab driver and to four additional robberies, committed during the next 30 hours, all of which Farmer swore under oath that he committed with Bell. Farmer, 22, also of Washington, D.C., is to be sentenced on Sept. 7, 2012. “Six” is still being sought.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised those who worked on the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Prince George’s County Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialist Ronald Royal, Paralegal Specialist Theresa Nelson, and Victim Advocate Jim Brennan. Finally, he commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Dillon of the Superior Court Homicide Section and Kathryn L. Rakoczy of the Seventh District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.





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