FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 7 1/2-Year Prison Term
For June 2012 Robbery in Northwest Washington
-Defendant Acted As If He Had a Gun-
WASHINGTON – Kevin Howard, 29, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a prison term of 7 ½ years for a robbery that took place earlier this year in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Howard was found guilty in August 2012, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, of one count of robbery while armed. He was sentenced by the Honorable Robert I. Richter. Upon completion of his prison term, Howard will be placed on five years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, Howard was riding a bicycle when he approached the victim at about 4 a.m. on June 2, 2012. The victim, who had finished a night’s work as a bartender, had been dropped off and was headed home near Third Street and Florida Avenue NW when he was accosted. Howard had his hand in his pocket, as if he had a gun, and demanded the victim’s money. The victim turned over about $400, his night’s earnings, and Howard fled.
Soon after the victim called 911, officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) spotted Howard riding a bicycle eastbound on Florida Avenue. When an officer requested that he stop, Howard instead sped up and tried to escape. He was apprehended a short time later.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the MPD detectives and officers who investigated the case. He also acknowledged those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Criminal Investigator Nelson Rhone, Paralegal Specialist Kalisha Clark, Litigation Technology Specialist Thomas Royal, and Intern John Millar.12-389