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District Woman Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Robbing Man in Northeast Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Victim Was Walking Home With Medicine for His Children

            WASHINGTON – Shelia Rogers, 62, also known as Sheila Rogers, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to six years of incarceration for robbing a man who was walking home from a trip to buy medicine for his sick children, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced.


            Rogers was found guilty by a jury in November 2017 of charges of robbery and felony threats. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She was sentenced on Jan. 26, 2018, by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck. Judge Beck sentenced Rogers to a total of 15 years in prison, but suspended all but six years of that time. Upon completion of her prison term, Rogers will be required to successfully complete five years of supervised release.


            According to the government’s evidence, on Oct. 1, 2016, at approximately 7:35 p.m., the victim had just walked to a grocery store to buy medicine for his two sick children.  While returning home, he encountered Rogers and an unidentified man on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of I Street NE. Rogers bumped into the man and demanded his money. When he tried to plead with her, she put her hand in her pocket, appeared to hold an item inside of it, and threatened to use that item to harm him.  Thinking that Rogers could have a gun or knife, the man complied, and Rogers took every dollar he had, a total of $15.


            After Rogers and the unidentified man, who took no part in the crime, walked away, the victim called police. Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) quickly responded and located and apprehended Rogers a couple of blocks away.


            The case marked the sixth time that Rogers had been convicted of robbery and robbery-related offenses, dating to the late 1970s.


            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric Hansford and Kristina Wolf. Finally, she commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew R. Palmer-Ball, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

Updated January 29, 2018

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 18-21