FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 21, 2012
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Brothers Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
For Armed Robberies Targeting D.C. Taxi Drivers
- Defendants Lured Drivers to Secluded Areas, Robbed Them at Gunpoint -
WASHINGTON - Darrius Watts, 20, and his brother, Gregory Watts, 19, were each sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment today for a pair of armed robberies of taxi drivers that took place in September of 2011, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The brothers, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty to two counts of armed robbery in July 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. They were sentenced by the Honorable Florence Y. Pan.
As part of their plea agreement, they accepted responsibility and agreed to their culpability for two armed robberies of taxi drivers on Sept. 3, 2011, and Sept. 6, 2011.
According to the agreed proffer of facts, on each occasion, the defendants executed a pre-arranged plan to lure taxi drivers into giving them rides in and around the Southwest Waterfront area in Washington, DC. They directed the drivers to drive to secluded streets near the 200 block of G Street SW, where they proceeded to rob them at gunpoint. Each time, the drivers gave the defendants hundreds of dollars in cash and personal credit cards.
Darrius and Gregory Watts had been indicted for multiple armed robberies of taxi drivers within the general same area in Southwest Washington in August and September of 2011. All told, the government alleged that the defendants took part in eight armed robberies of taxi drivers. The government agreed to dismiss the remaining counts of the indictment in return for the defendants’ guilty pleas in the case.
In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the Metropolitan
Police Department (MPD). He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Criminal Investigators John Marsh, Tommy Miller, and Durand Odom, and Paralegal Specialists Donville Drummond, Tameka Garcia, and Bridget Harris. Finally, he recognized the work of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Sawyer and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Worm, who investigated and indicted the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ephraim (Fry) Wernick, who assisted with trial preparation and sentencing.