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District Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery and Other Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Admits to Three Separate Crimes in Different Areas of District

            WASHINGTON – Donathan Taylor, 19, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to charges stemming from two robberies and a home break-in, all committed in broad daylight and in different neighborhoods, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.


            Taylor pled guilty on March 3, 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of armed robbery, robbery, and destruction of property. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for an agreed-upon sentence of seven years in prison. The Honorable Kimberley S. Knowles set a hearing for May 19, 2017 to determine whether the plea and sentence will be accepted.


            In his guilty plea, Taylor admitted involvement in three crimes: damaging a door during a home break-in that took place at about 10:30 a.m. on April 1, 2015, in the 200 block of 17th Street NE; a robbery that took place at about 11:35 a.m. on May 25, 2016, in the 1600 block of G Street SE, and an armed robbery that took place at about 2:45 p.m. on June 24, 2016, in the 600 block of Buchanan Street NW. A co-defendant is awaiting trial in the latter robbery.


            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the Latent Fingerprint Unit of the Forensic Science Laboratory of the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences. Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Romano and Kamil E. Shields, who prosecuted the case.

Updated March 6, 2017

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 17-043