FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 19, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
For 2011 Carjacking and Later Failing to Appear in Court
-Defendant Jumped Into Lexus While Victim Was Finishing Pumping Gas -
WASHINGTON – Darius Young, 20, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to seven years in prison for a carjacking that took place in April 2011 at a gas station in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced. Young was sentenced to an additional year in prison for earlier failing to appear in court for a hearing in the same case.
Young was found guilty by a jury in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in July 2012 of unarmed carjacking, first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He also pled guilty to violating the District’s Bail Reform Act. He was sentenced by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck. Upon completion of his prison term, Young will be placed on three years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, the carjacking took place at about 12:30 p.m. on April 9, 2011 at a service station in the 1200 block of New York Avenue NE. The victim was pumping gas into his 2008 Lexus automobile. Young stood near the vehicle, watching the victim pump gas. As the victim was finishing, Young suddenly jumped in the car, and drove off.
Young was arrested within days of the carjacking after he was linked to the crime through a surveillance video and other evidence. The vehicle was recovered several months later in Prince George’s County, Maryland, having been sold to an unknowing buyer.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the officers and detectives who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Finkelman and Maia Miller, of the Fifth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.12-370