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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 4, 2016

District Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison For Role in Armed Robbery in Northeast Washington

Defendant Pointed Handgun in Victim's Face

            WASHINGTON - Darius Briscoe, 19, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a five-year prison term on charges stemming from an armed robbery that occurred in Northeast Washington last year, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips.

            Briscoe was found guilty by a jury in October 2015 of one count of armed robbery, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced on Dec. 18, 2015, by the Honorable Milton C. Lee. Following his prison term, Briscoe will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on June 21, 2015 - Father’s Day - at about 11 p.m., the victim stopped at a convenience store in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE to play the lottery after spending the day with his daughter. As the victim left the store at approximately 11:30 p.m., he saw Briscoe just outside the establishment on a bicycle.

            As he was walking home, the victim was approached by Briscoe near an alley in the rear of 1200 Raum Street NE. Briscoe pointed a handgun in the victim’s face. He then directed the victim to empty his pockets while ordering three accomplices to search him. One of the accomplices loosened the victim’s belt and pulled his shorts partially down while Briscoe continued to point the gun at him. The assailants took a cell phone and a wallet that contained identification cards, credit cards and currency.  Once Briscoe realized the victim did not have any additional money, he became frustrated and squeezed the trigger on the handgun.  The victim heard the click and quickly fled the scene once he realized the gun had jammed.

            Because the victim did not immediately report the robbery, Briscoe was not arrested until several days later. No others have been apprehended. None of the robbery proceeds were recovered.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips praised the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also acknowledged the work of those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Allison Daniels and Victim/Witness Coordinator Diana Lim.  Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Kerkhoff and Nebiyu Feleke, who investigated and indicted the case, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamika Griffin who prosecuted the matter with Assistant U.S. Attorney Feleke.

Press Release Number: 
16-001
Updated February 4, 2016