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District Man Sentenced to 36-Month Prison Term for Burglary

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Targeted the Home While Canvassing for a Nonprofit

            WASHINGTON – Jonathan Robinson-Gripper, 31, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a 36-month prison term for burglarizing a home near Observatory Circle, NW, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Robinson-Gripper pleaded guilty in August 2023 to one count of second-degree burglary in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and, today, the Honorable Jason Park sentenced Robinson-Gripper to 36 months in prison. Following his prison term, Robinson-Gripper will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on August 19, 2022, Robinson-Gripper was canvassing the Observatory Circle neighborhood on behalf of a non-profit organization. He broke into one of the homes he visited while the homeowner slept inside. Robinson-Gripper stole some money and left the house. His actions were recorded by the home’s surveillance system and the nonprofit organization cooperated with MPD’s investigation, providing evidence that led to Robinson-Gripper’s arrest.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Smith commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department.

            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlos A. Valdivia.


Updated December 4, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-742