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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

District Man Sentenced to 4 1/2-Year Prison Term For Recent Shoot-Out in Northeast Washington

Incident Took Place in Broad Daylight

            WASHINGTON – Leroy Robinson, 32, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 54 months in prison after earlier pleading guilty to charges stemming from a recent shoot-out that took place in broad daylight in Northeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips.

            Robinson pled guilty in July 2016, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was sentenced by the Honorable Neil E. Kravitz. Upon completion of his prison term, Robinson will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            In entering his guilty plea, Robinson admitted to being an initial aggressor in a shoot-out that occurred in broad daylight on the morning of June 1, 2016. According to the evidence, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Robinson and an unknown suspect exchanged gunfire with a group of individuals in the 1300 block of Brentwood Road NE. Surveillance video shows Robinson and the unknown suspect firing gunshots in the direction of two parked cars.  The video further shows the muzzle flash of Robinson’s firearm moments after an innocent civilian entered into one of these cars.  As a result of the gunshots, the side and rear windows of the civilian’s car were destroyed.  Numerous gunshots also struck the front driver’s side and rear of the civilian’s vehicle, which was riddled with bullets.  Amazingly, none of these bullets struck the civilian.

            Robinson was struck by a bullet and crawled away from the scene.  When law enforcement arrived, they saw him in a grassy area across from the area of the shooting, suffering from a gunshot wound.  Law enforcement also found an empty gun holster on his waistband.  

            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 work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tamika Griffin Moses and Richard Barker, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
16-200
Updated October 20, 2016