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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 20, 2015

Two Men Sentenced to Prison Terms For Violent Home Invasion in Northeast Washington

One Defendant Shot Victim in the Leg

            WASHINGTON – Rashad Hough, 25, was sentenced today to 17 years and 11 months in prison and Larnell Wilkerson, 21, was sentenced to a 14 ½-year prison term for committing a violent home invasion earlier this year in Northeast Washington in which one victim was shot, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

            Hough and Wilkerson, both of Washington, D.C., each pled guilty in September 2015, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to armed robbery, first-degree burglary while armed, armed kidnapping, and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Hough also pled guilty to aggravated assault while armed. The Honorable Patricia A. Broderick sentenced both defendants today. After their prison terms, each man will be placed on five years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on March 6, 2015, at about 10:40 p.m., Hough and Wilkerson robbed two men at gunpoint outside of an apartment building in the 1300 block of Holbrook Street NE. They then forced the two victims inside an apartment, intending to steal additional property.  Two grandparents and their 12- and 14-year-old grandchildren were inside the apartment.  Hough and Wilkerson demanded property from the six victims while holding them at gunpoint.  Despite pleas not to hurt anyone, Hough shot one victim in the leg, causing him extreme pain and permanent disfigurement.

            In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Phillips praised the work of those who investigated the case from the Fifth District of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).  He also expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kondi Kleinman, who investigated and indicted the case, and Adrienne Gurley, who also investigated the matter.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
15-229
Updated November 23, 2015