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Man Sentenced to 37 years in prison for multiple carjacking spree

September 10, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Terrell Elisha Roberson, 22, of Oxon Hill, Md., was sentenced to 37 years in prison for using a firearm to carjack multiple cars in the Washington, D.C.,-metro area.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Earl Cook, Alexandria Chief of Police; and Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton. 

Roberson was convicted by a jury on June 14, 2010, of two counts of carjacking and two counts of using a firearm during those carjackings and four counts of interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.  He was sentenced to a mandatory 32 years on the firearms counts consecutive to   five years on the other counts, for a total of 37 years.

Roberson and a 15-year-old female accomplice carjacked a car in Temple Hills, Md., on Oct. 29, 2009, which they drove to Alexandria, Va., where they carjacked a second car, leaving the first one at the place of the second carjacking.   They then returned to Maryland, where Roberson drove the second car around for nine days before driving it into a tree and abandoning it in Oxon Hill, Md.   The next day, they carjacked another car in Temple Hills and again drove it to Alexandria, where they carjacked yet a fourth car.  Roberson and his young accomplice were arrested later that day in Oxon Hill in the fourth car.

This case was investigated by the Alexandria Police Department and the ATF. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael E. Rich and Kathleen M. Kahoe prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at



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