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Friday, November 2, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 14-Year Prison Term
For Armed Robbery of Northeast Washington Liquor Store
-Defendant Robbed Two Cashiers at Gunpoint-
WASHINGTON – Melvin Blackwell, 31, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 14-year prison term for an armed robbery of a liquor store last year in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Blackwell pled guilty in August 2012 to two counts of armed robbery and related weapons offenses. He was sentenced on Oct. 26, 2012, by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
As part of the plea, Blackwell admitted that on Sept. 14, 2011, at about 8 p.m., he entered Sammy’s Liquor Store, in the 2700 block of Bladensburg Road NE, armed with a semi-automatic firearm. He and an accomplice robbed the cashier of the liquor store, as well as another cashier who was operating the D.C. Lotto counter.
The robbery was captured on video surveillance. Blackwell was identified through DNA evidence of clothing, found in the getaway vehicle that he had unlawfully taken in July 2011 from a separate victim. The accomplice in the robbery remains at large, and the investigation is continuing.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the detectives, officers, and crime scene technicians who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Kalisha Johnson-Clark and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas W. Cannon of the Fifth District Unit, Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted the case.12-394