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Friday, July 14, 2017

District Man Sentenced to More Than Nine Years in Prison For Robbery and Burglary Charges

Defendant Committed a Robbery, Two Burglaries in Northwest Washington

            WASHINGTON – Robert Lewis, 21, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to nine years and three months in prison on charges stemming from an armed robbery and two burglaries in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.


            Lewis pled guilty in March 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to robbery, second-degree burglary, and contempt. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for an agreed-upon sentence of five years in prison. The Honorable Kimberley S. Knowles accepted the plea today and sentenced Lewis accordingly.


            In a separate case, also in March of 2017, a jury found Lewis guilty of second-degree burglary and second-degree theft, with a finding that the crimes were committed while Lewis was on pretrial release. In that case, the Honorable Juliet McKenna sentenced Lewis today to four years and three months in prison, to run consecutively to the other prison term.


            Following completion of his prison terms, Lewis will be placed on three years of supervised release.


            In the guilty plea, Lewis admitted taking part in an armed robbery on the afternoon of June 24, 2016, in the 600 block of Buchanan Street NW; a co-defendant, Donathan Taylor, 20, pled guilty to an armed robbery charge for that offense. Lewis also admitted to committing a residential burglary during the daytime hours of Oct. 16, 2015 in the 700 block of Taylor Street NW. Finally, Lewis pled guilty to a contempt charge for leaving a halfway house, where he was being held while awaiting trial, without authorization on June 22, 2016.


            The guilty verdict stemmed from a burglary on April 9, 2015 at a home in the unit block of Gallatin Street NW.


            In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the cases from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the Latent Fingerprint Unit of the Forensic Science Laboratory of the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences.


            Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the cases from the U.S. Attorney’s Office involving Lewis and his co-defendant. They include Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Romano, Kamil E. Shields and C.B. Buente, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyssa Kociuruba.

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Updated July 14, 2017