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Friday, November 2, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison
For Armed Robbery of Couple in Northeast Washington
-Good Samaritan’s Quick Work Helped Lead to Arrest-
WASHINGTON – Charles Manson, 22, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a prison term of 14 years for an armed robbery of two victims last year, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Manson and co-defendant Andre Davis, 24, were convicted in July 2012 by a jury in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Manson was sentenced on Oct. 26, 2012 by the Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow. Davis, also of Washington, D.C., is to be sentenced Nov. 30, 2012.
The evidence at trial established that, at about 11:45 p.m. on June 21, 2011, Manson, Davis, and a juvenile accomplice approached a young couple from behind in the 1300 block of I Street NE, with a plan to rob them. Manson attacked the female victim by pulling her hair and throwing her to the ground as he wrestled her purse away. When the male victim attempted to help the female victim, Manson and Davis pulled out what appeared to be semi-automatic firearms and demanded the victims’ property.
After the robbery, a Good Samaritan pulled up in his vehicle and was flagged down by the victims, who were able to point out the defendants as they fled. The man followed Manson and his accomplices while calling 911 from his cell phone. All three robbers were found minutes later by police in an alley behind the 1000 block of Bladensburg Road NE, going through the female victim’s purse.
Davis also was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice for attempting to intimidate witnesses in the case.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the efforts of 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, Victim Witness Advocate Jennifer Clark, Assistant U.S. Attorney Maia Miller, who investigated and obtained the indictment in the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas W. Cannon of the Fifth District Unit, Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted the case.