Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George Jerrod Hazel sentenced Charles Johnson, age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland, and Madani Ilara Tejan, age 32, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, today to 51 months in prison and 68 months in prison, respectively, each followed by three years of supervised release, for robbing a convenience store in Waldorf, Maryland,.
The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry.
According to their plea agreements, on September 11, 2013, Johnson, Tejan and Donnell Harris robbed a convenience store on St. Ignatius Drive in Waldorf. Harris brandished a firearm during the robbery and the conspirators forced the store employee at gunpoint to open the store’s cash register. The robbers stole $90 in cash and several packs of cigarettes.
Harris also admitted that after he was arrested for the robbery and while he was incarcerated, he threatened to hurt co-conspirator Charles Johnson if Johnson did not lie to law enforcement by stating that he (Johnson) had brandished the firearm during the robbery.
Donnell Edward Harris, age 21, of Burtonsville, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to the robbery and to brandishing a gun during the robbery. Harris is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Montgomery County Police Department and Charles County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Leah J. Bressack and Daniel Gardner, who prosecuted the case.