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District Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison On Robbery, Theft and Credit Fraud Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Stole Wallets From Victims at Two Restaurants

            WASHINGTON – Marlon A. Wilson, 35, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 16-year prison term for a robbery and a theft that he committed at two restaurants on the same night in 2014, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.

            Wilson was found guilty by a jury in December 2014 of robbery, first-degree theft, second-degree theft, and credit fraud. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced on July 15, 2016, by the Honorable Milton C. Lee. Following his prison term, Wilson will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Wilson entered a restaurant in the 500 block of Florida Avenue NW, ordered an iced tea, and then stole a wallet from a customer’s bag. The bag had been hanging over the back of her chair. Wilson left the tavern and then walked to another restaurant in the 600 block of T Street NW, a few blocks away. Once again, he ordered an iced tea. He then stole a wallet from a purse of a customer whose bag likewise was hanging on the back of her chair. Wilson then went to a nearby drug store and used one of the stolen credit cards to purchase two $480 gift cards.

            The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) arrested Wilson soon afterward in the area. He was caught with credit cards from both victims, as well as numerous gift cards. Wilson was subject to sentencing enhancements in this case because of his prior criminal history, which includes convictions for robbery, burglary, and theft and credit card fraud-related crimes.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the efforts of those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialist Leif Hickling; Paralegal Specialist Rochelle Mills; Victim/Witness Advocate Jennifer Clark; former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Connolly, and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Misler.

Updated July 18, 2016

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 16-133