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District Man Sentenced to 10-Year Prison Term
For Two Armed Robberies in Northwest Washington
-Attacks Took Place Over Three Days, on the Same Street-

     WASHINGTON - Kavon Copeland, 21, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term on charges stemming from two armed robberies that took place in May 2011 in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.

     Copeland pled guilty in July 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to charges of robbery while armed, robbery of a minor while armed, and a firearms offense. He was sentenced on Oct. 12, 2012, by the Honorable Russell F. Canan. Upon completion of his prison term, Copeland will be placed on five years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s evidence, shortly after 9 p.m. on May 10, 2011, Copeland and an accomplice approached a man, his 13-year-old daughter and her 13-year-old friend in the 1700 block of Newton Street NW. Brandishing what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol at the father, Copeland and his accomplice robbed the man and his daughter’s friend. The assailants threatened to kill the father if the girls looked at them. Copeland and his accomplice then fled.

     Two days later, at about 9:20 pm, Copeland and an accomplice approached a man in the 1300 block of Kenyon Street NW. One of the assailants displayed what the victim believed was a semi-automatic pistol. Copeland demanded and received the victim’s wallet, and also robbed him of a laptop computer.

     Copeland was arrested on May 13, 2011, and has been in custody ever since.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his appreciation to the officers and detectives who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Trevor McFadden and Jonathan Kravis of the Second and Third District Units and Andrew Finkelman of the Fifth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.





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