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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 23, 2016

District Man Sentenced to 9 1/2-Year Prison Term For Armed Home Invasion

Child, 11-month-old, Was Held at Gunpoint During the Crime

            WASHINGTON – Jeffery Wood, 20, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a prison term of 9 ½-years on charges stemming from an armed home invasion that took place earlier this year in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

            Wood pled guilty in June 2016, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of first-degree burglary and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced by the Honorable Zoe Bush. Upon completion of his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, the victim and her 11-month-old son were at her boyfriend’s apartment in the 5000 block of Jay Street NE at about 2:05 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2016. While her boyfriend was gone, the victim heard a knock on the bedroom door. When she opened the door, she was confronted by three men, each dressed in black, wearing a black mask, and armed with a black firearm. She recognized Woods as one of the assailants. He ordered her and her son to enter and remain in the bathroom, as one of the other men stood guard at gunpoint. During the 20-minute ordeal, this man pointed his firearm at the child’s head, leading the victim to place him in the bathtub and close a shower curtain to protect him. The three men finally left. A flat-screen television, shoes, and a Sony PlayStation4 were then determined to be missing from the apartment.

            Wood was arrested on March 10, 2016, still in possession of a black mask. He has remained in custody ever since. No one else has been arrested in the case.     

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Sixth District of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Jennifer Allen and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ahmed M. Baset and Alicia Long, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Press Release Number: 
16-182
Updated September 26, 2016