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District Man Sentenced to Three-Year Prison Term
For Break-in at Rooming House in Northeast Washington
- Took Part in Break-in at Residence Operated by a Charitable Order -

     WASHINGTON - Donnell Robinson, 41, of Washington, D.C. was sentenced today to a three-year prison term on a charge stemming from the burglary of a rooming house in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Robinson had pled guilty in December 2011 to a charge of attempted burglary in connection with the break-in. He was sentenced by the Honorable Anthony C. Epstein in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

     According to the government’s investigation, in the early morning hours of October 18, 2011, one or more individuals, including Robinson, broke into the Casa Sacra Cuori, a rooming house for women owned and operated by the Order of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, a charitable order located near Catholic University.

     More than a dozen women were sleeping inside the residence at the time, and they were awakened by the sounds of banging at the front door. Witnesses then heard and observed one or more men enter the residence and saw one of the intruders descend into the basement. The residents called the police, and units arrived within minutes. After the police arrived, residents and police officers observed two men, one of whom was Robinson, fleeing out the back door of the residence. After a short chase, Robinson was apprehended.

     Found in the defendant’s possession were a pocket knife, wire cutters, a screw driver, a skull cap and gloves. Various items inside the house - including boxes of bleach, bicycles and a DVD player - were moved around the residence from their original location, and a DVD player was found on the ground outside the rear of the home. Further investigation showed that the front door to the residence had been bashed in.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of Metropolitan Police Department Detectives Dwayne Jackson and Randal Parker, as well as Officers Gary Glenn, Christopher Lehigh, and Deborah Tyler. Finally, he expressed his appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Finkelman, of the Fifth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated the case.





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