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Friday, May 18, 2012
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District Man and Woman Sentenced to Prison Terms
For Armed Home Invasion and Armed Robbery
- One Victim, an Elderly Man, Was Pistol-Whipped -
WASHINGTON - Donnie Bookhardt, 52, and Crystal Aliza Huggins, 30, have been sentenced to prison terms for their roles in an armed home invasion and the subsequent armed robberies of two elderly men, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Bookhardt and Huggins, both of Washington, D.C., pled guilty earlier this year, on the eve of their respective trials in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. They were sentenced by the Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr.
Bookhardt was sentenced on May 2, 2012 to a prison term of 19 ½ years on charges of conspiracy, first-degree burglary while armed, armed kidnapping, armed robbery, and related weapons offenses. Huggins was sentenced on May 11, 2012 to a prison term of 15 years on charges of conspiracy and first-degree burglary while armed.
According to the government’s evidence, Bookhardt and Huggins, his girlfriend, were responsible for armed robberies in April 2010 in Northeast Washington, in the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District. At that time, Bookhardt and Huggins plotted to rob two elderly men with whom Huggins had been intimately involved. Both victims trusted Huggins.
In the first of the April 2010 incidents, Huggins went to the residence of the victim in the 1300 block of Downing Street NE to ensure he was alone. She then left the front door of the apartment building unlocked so that Bookhardt and his accomplice could gain access. Bookhardt and an accomplice then proceeded to the victim’s apartment, armed with a firearm and wearing black ski masks. They burst through the victim’s front door, pushed him to the floor, duct-taped his hands and feet, and then pistol-whipped him repeatedly in the head before robbing him.
In the second robbery, which occurred a week later, Huggins approached another victim while he was at work to ensure that the man was going home afterward. She communicated this information to Bookhardt. Bookhardt again armed himself with a firearm, put on a black ski mask, and waited for the victim to arrive at his apartment building in the 1400 block of Montana Avenue NE. As the victim approached the building, Bookhardt emerged from hiding and robbed him at gunpoint.
Bookhardt and Huggins shared the proceeds of the armed robberies.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his appreciation to the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Heather Carlton and Jennifer Kerkhoff, who investigated and prosecuted the case.