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Friday, December 14, 2012

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District Man Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison
For Pair of Break-ins at Northwest Washington Restaurant
-Video Footage Helped Tie Defendant to the Crimes-

      WASHINGTON – Eugene Kelly, 57, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on charges stemming from two break-ins he committed last summer at a restaurant in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

      Kelly pled guilty in September 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to second-degree burglary and first-degree theft. He was sentenced on Dec. 11, 2012 by the Honorable Robert I. Richter. Following his prison term, Kelly will be placed on three years of supervised release.

      According to the government’s evidence, Kelly targeted the Vinoteca Restaurant, in the 1900 block of 11th Street NW, twice within a six-day period last summer. On Aug. 3, 3012, at about 4:30 a.m., he attempted to break into the restaurant’s outdoor freezers. He then went to the outdoor bar area, where he removed several bottles of wine and a hand cart. He entered the place a second time on Aug. 9, 2012, and this time he removed a television, wine and television equipment.

      Video footage captured the defendant entering the restaurant on both dates.

      The prosecution marked Kelly’s latest conviction on burglary and theft-related offenses, including a guilty plea in 2009 to five separate overnight burglaries of retail establishments and houses under construction. Those incidents took place between July 2007 and June 2008.

      In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of those who investigated the case for the Third District of the Metropolitan Police Department, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew D. Finkelman and Michael Friedman, who prosecuted the matter.





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