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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to Four-Year Prison Term
For Pulling Gun During Dispute With Babysitter
- Defendant Caught After Throwing Gun and Cocaine Out of Bedroom Window –
WASHINGTON – Damien Anthony, 28, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a four-year prison term on felony charges stemming from a chain of events that began with a dispute between his girlfriend and a babysitter, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Anthony pled guilty in September 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and carrying a pistol without a license. He was sentenced Nov. 20, 2012 by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz. Upon completion of his prison term, Anthony will be placed on three years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, on the early morning of Feb. 7, 2012, the babysitter and a friend went to the residence of Anthony’s girlfriend in Southeast Washington. The babysitter brought along the friend to retrieve personal property from the apartment. While the girlfriend and the victims were talking in the doorway, Anthony came to the door armed with a .45-caliber semi-automatic weapon, which he displayed while threatening one of the victims.
On the morning of Feb. 15, 2012, officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) executed a search warrant at the apartment. While the search was taking place, Anthony threw a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and cocaine from the bedroom window; the gun and drugs were recovered by the police moments later. Police also located cocaine in the apartment.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the MPD’s Sixth District. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Richard Cheatham, Victim Witness Specialist Debra Cannon, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who indicted and prosecuted the case.12-418