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Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter
For Taking Part in Robbery That Led to Victim’s Death
-Victim, Stabbed in the Attack, Died Weeks Later-

      WASHINGTON – Reco Coates, 22, of Upper Marlboro, Md., pled guilty today to a charge of voluntary manslaughter stemming from the death of a man following a robbery that took place in 2007 in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced. 

      Coates pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable William M. Jackson scheduled sentencing for Jan. 11, 2013. Coates faces up to 30 years in prison.

      According to the government’s evidence, on Nov. 12, 2007, at about 5:30 p.m., Coates and others set out to rob the victim, Anthony Collins, 39, in an apartment in the 100 block of 34th Street SE. The robbers, including Coates, knocked on the front door and claimed to want to buy illegal drugs from Mr. Collins. When Mr. Collins opened the door, one robber shoved a gun through the doorway and said words to the effect of, “You know what time it is.”

      Mr. Collins then attempted to slam the door shut and barricade it with his body as he was being stabbed by the robbers on the other side. The robbers gained entry into the apartment, stabbed and cut Mr. Collins with knives and stole crack cocaine before fleeing.

      Mr. Collins was transported by ambulance to a hospital.  During the course of his treatment, Mr. Collins’s condition deteriorated.  After lapsing into a coma, Mr. Collins died in the hospital on Dec. 28, 2007.  A subsequent autopsy determined that the cause of death was complications from the stab wound to the chest and that the manner of death was homicide.

      After Mr. Collins’s death, Coates gave a statement to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in which he admitted being one of the robbers who participated in the crime.

      In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the detectives and officers of the Criminal Investigations Division and the Sixth District of the MPD. He also expressed appreciation to those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharad Khandelwal (now with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas); Victim Witness Advocates Tamara Ince and Marcia Rinker; Paralegal Specialists Kelly Blakeney and Marian Russell; Kimberly Smith and Leif Hickling of the Litigation Technology Unit; and, Interns Roland Achtau and James Perkins.  Finally, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shana Fulton and Deputy Chief Michelle Jackson, both of the Homicide Section, who prosecuted the case.





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