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Friday, April 5, 2013

District Man Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

For His Role in Northwest Washington Robbery
-Alert Citizen Helped Police Find the Defendant-

      WASHINGTON – Walter Little, 20, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 15 months of incarceration for his role in a robbery last fall in Northwest Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.

      Little pled guilty in January 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to a charge of robbery. The Honorable A. Franklin Burgess, Jr. sentenced him to five years in prison, but suspended all but 15 months of the time on the condition that Little successfully complete four years of probation. Little also must pay $900 in restitution to the victim.

      According to the government’s evidence, Little attacked a man at about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2012, in the 4800 block of Ninth Street NW. He brandished a pistol and hit the victim with the weapon, causing the man to lose consciousness. Then he, along with two other males, robbed the man of his wallet containing between approximately $900 and $1000.

      Six days after the robbery, a witness who had seen Little commit the crime saw him again at Ninth and Decatur Streets NW, and alerted the police.  Once officers were on scene, the witness positively identified Little as the person who had the gun and committed the robbery.

      After his arrest, Little admitted to taking part in the robbery, and taking $200 of the $900 stolen, but he maintained that he was not the person with the gun. No other arrests have been made in the case.

      In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson and Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalia Medina, who prosecuted the case.

Updated February 19, 2015