FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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District Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison
For 2008 Sexual Assault of Woman in Northeast Washington
-DNA Linked Defendant to the Crime-
WASHINGTON - Antonio Moses, 32, of Washington D.C., has been sentenced to a 14-year prison term for sexually assaulting a woman in 2008, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Moses pled guilty in January 2013, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced on April 12, 2013 by the Honorable Robert E. Morin. Upon completion of his prison term, Moses will be placed on five years of supervised release. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
According to the government’s evidence, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2008, the victim, then 18, returned to her home in Northeast Washington after buying groceries. When she entered her home, she was grabbed from behind and thrown to the floor by Moses, a stranger to her. Moses choked the victim and dragged her into her bedroom while holding a small kitchen knife to her throat. He threatened to hurt her if she screamed, and then he sexually assaulted her. After Moses was finished, he forced the victim to stay in the bedroom with him for another hour before finally fleeing at the sound of someone at the front door.
In 2008, the victim’s sexual assault kit was sent to a DNA laboratory for analysis. In April 2012, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received an investigative lead that led them to Moses as the man who had raped the victim in her home in 2008.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the outstanding work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department, Sexual Assault Unit. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Donhue Griffith and Victim Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan. Finally, he praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsay Suttenberg, who investigated this case.