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Maryland Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Carjacking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Drove Off in SUV With Woman and Her 2-Year-Old Granddaughter

            WASHINGTON – Jesse Green III, 41, of Germantown, Md., was sentenced today to seven years in prison for a carjacking earlier this year in Southeast Washington in which he drove off with a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Peter Newsham, Acting Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).


            Green pled guilty in February 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of carjacking. He was sentenced by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck. Upon completion of his prison term, Green will be placed on three years of supervised release.


            According to the government’s evidence, on Jan. 8, 2017, at approximately 12:10 p.m., the woman, her husband, and their 2-year-old granddaughter were driving in a GMC Yukon sports utility vehicle. The husband pulled over and got out of the vehicle for a stop in the 5000 block of Kimi Gray Court SE. Green came out of a neighboring house and went to the vehicle. Then, without permission, he got into the driver’s seat and sped off, with the woman and child still in the vehicle. The child was in a car seat in the rear.


            The woman demanded that Green let them out and attempted to grab the steering wheel. Green, however, kept driving fast, passing through stop signs. He crashed into a parked vehicle near 51st Street and Central Avenue SE, traveled up an embankment, and then crashed backward into a telephone pole. He attempted to flee, but was soon apprehended and has been in custody ever since. The victims were taken to a hospital by ambulance for examination and treatment.


            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips and Acting Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the efforts of those who handled the case at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy, Paralegal Specialist Richard Cheatham, and Victim/Witness Advocate James Brennan. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha Smalky, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated April 14, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-076