FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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District Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Robbery
And Weapons Offense in Recent Attack in Northwest Washington
-Defendant Was Armed With a Nine-Inch Knife-
WASHINGTON – Johnny Sorto, 21, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to felony charges stemming from an attack earlier this fall against a man in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Sorto pled guilty on Dec. 14, 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to charges of attempted robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon. The Honorable Robert I. Richter scheduled sentencing for Feb. 12, 2013.
According to the government’s evidence, on Oct. 27, 2012, at about 12:25 a.m., Sorto and a juvenile accomplice were observed following a man in the 900 block of Kennedy Street NW. Sorto was carrying a nine-inch butcher knife in his hand as he approached the victim. Sorto then punched the victim while the juvenile accomplice tried to take the man’s wallet.
The victim was able to fend off his attackers. Sorto and the accomplice fled the scene, but they later were arrested by members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the MPD’s work on the case. He also acknowledged the assistance of Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson. Finally, he commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Selden, from the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted the case.12-461