“Maryland Men Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Prison Each For Their Roles in Home Invasion”

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So scary.

From a press release:

Laquet Campbell, 21, and Eddie Griffin, 25, both of Hyattsville, Md., were sentenced today to prison terms for their roles in an armed home invasion that took place last year in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

Campbell, Griffin, and a third defendant, Rayvon Jones, 20, pled guilty in April 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to first-degree burglary while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Campbell and Griffin were sentenced by the Honorable Ann O’Regan Keary. Jones, of Greenbelt, Maryland, is to be sentenced on July 10, 2012.

Griffin received concurrent sentences of 96 months incarceration for the burglary and 60 months incarceration for the firearm count. Campbell received concurrent sentences of 90 months incarceration for the burglary and 60 months incarceration for the firearm count. Both men also received sentences of five years supervised release to follow their prison terms.

According to the government’s evidence, on September 15, 2011, at about 10 a.m., Campbell, Griffin and Jones drove a U-Haul truck into the District of Columbia with the intent to burglarize the victims’ home, located in the 500 block of Rock Creek Church Road NW.

The men entered the home armed with a weapon, and assaulted the two victims in their bedrooms. Jones, who was armed with a firearm that the victim described as a shotgun, followed Campbell into the first victim’s bedroom. After Campbell pushed this victim onto his bed, Jones placed the weapon at the back of the victim’s neck and demanded money. Both Campbell and Jones then removed two laptops, two iPhones, a blue duffel bag, and a pair of blue and white Jordan sneakers from the bedroom.

Griffin, meanwhile, entered the second victim’s bedroom. After forcing this victim to the floor, and striking him in the back of the head, Griffin removed two laptop computers and one iPhone from the bedroom.

Before they left the house, the defendants took additional items, including a 32-inch flat-screen television located in the living room area.

When the three men were arrested later in Hyattsville, the police located two laptop computers, one of which was later identified as belonging to the second victim. In addition, the police recovered a debit card from the pocket of Campbell, with the second victim’s name printed on the card. The police also recovered the first victim’s stolen phone from Griffin’s pants pocket, and the first victim’s stolen blue-and-white Jordan sneakers, as well as the 32-inch, flat-screen television taken from the victims’ residence, from Campbell’s apartment,

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for its work on the investigation. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the Prince George’s County Police Department for its assistance during this investigation. U.S. Attorney Machen also thanked Paralegal Assistant Debra McPherson for her work on this case. Finally, he acknowledged the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Vivien Cockburn, from the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted this case.

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  • jim_ed

    What a joke of a sentence. For that kind of terror inflicted on the victims, this sentence is easily about 20-30 years too short.

  • That’s it? PATHETIC! These animals should be locked up for 25 to life for what they did.

  • As we know, they would’ve gotten a far lighter sentence if they had been underage.

  • concurrent sentences are bullshit.

    I’m sure they’ll learn their lesson in 5 years and come out reformed and ready to rejoin society as a productive citizen. right.

  • I’m sure they’re just misunderstood.

  • So since this is concurrent prison terms of 90 months and 60 months then they take the larger one (90) and the person serves that right?

    So 7.5 years in prison. With good behavior and overcrowding I’m sure that can be whittled down to about 5 years or less.

    And “five years supervised release to follow their prison terms”. So is that just parole for 5 years? Or something even lighter than that once they get out?

    • Correct. In a concurrent sentence, one is serving the longest of the sentences handed down. If this had been a consecutive sentence, you would add up all the sentences to determine the amount of time that will be served. This does not include lesser sentences for appeal or for good behavior.

      • Let me clarify, I was only responding to what a concurrent sentence means, which is serving the longest of the sentences handed down. Also wanted to clarify that it does not include early release for good behavior or an appeal. That probably wasn’t clear in my original response.

        • I wanted to clarify one more thing. When I easily sum it up by saying that a criminal who is found guilty and sentenced and is serving concurrent sentences, the easy way to explain how the sentence is served is to say essentially they are serving the longest sentence that is handed down when there are multiple sentences. They are “serving” all of the sentences but they are running at the same time so essentially they are serving the longest sentence because all of the other sentences would have run out.

    • How do you get 7.5 years? It’s the 90 month sentence for one and 96 month sentence for the other (both under 2 years). There is an additional 5 year supervised release following the prison terms. The judge had a decision to make – could have made this concurrent or consecutive sentence. Often for a criminal who has committed multiple offenses at once, the sentence could be concurrent, depending on whether or not the judge is hard on criminal punishment or soft on criminal punishment.

      • S/he got 7.5 years by dividing 90 months by 12 (the number of months in a year). So yeah, Campbell got 7.5 years (90 months) and Griffin got 8 years (96 months).

      • umm…are you confusing the meaning of “week” and “month”? Is that some sort of space/time dyslexia?

        • Yes, that’s exactly what I did. No, I don’t have any form of dyslexia, but it’s a matter of having your mind split off in too many places, which probably means I shouldn’t be spending my focus here.

        • Not the meaning of week and month, just an honest mistake of posting too quickly when I should be elsewhere. Wanted to try to be helpful to someone’s question is all.

      • Under DC sentencing guidelines, sentences are presumed to be concurrent. A judge needs a reason to make them consecutive. Reasons that are allowed are spelled out in case law. When the crimes occur during the same transaction (as here with a gun used during a robbery) there are not a lot of reasons that can be used to make the sentences consecutive. So no, you did not get everything else right; it has very little to do with whether or not the judge is soft on crime.

        For the record, despite the fact that you don’t know what you’re talking about, I agree that this is far too light a sentence. If they had done this over the river in Virginia, they would be looking at a a couple of decades behind bars.

  • How is this justice?? These are obviously criminals that have no concern for other human life.

  • I’d be interested to know if there are sentencing guidelines in a case like this? Maybe what seems lenient to us is proscribed, if this was a first offense, or if someone was granted leniency for cooperation or something? Or do I just watch too much Law and Order? (dun-DUNH!)

  • Am I missing something? What about the third defendent, Jones? Or is the verdict still out?

    As for all of them – no assault charges?

    What a disgrace.

    • “Jones, of Greenbelt, Maryland, is to be sentenced on July 10, 2012.”

      They were charged with assault (and robbery and theft, too) but the other charges were apparently dropped when they agreed to plead guilty to burglary and the gun charge.

      • Thank you! Apparently I don’t know how to read long press releases while multi-tasking at work.

        This info makes the whole thing even more ridiculous.

  • I agree, you inflict that kind of terror on innocent people, you have lost your right to be a member of society. Permanently…

    We are locking people up for dealing drugs for this long for heavens sake.

  • pathetic.

  • What I want to know is — why go to the trouble of renting a uhaul and targeting a house in Petworth for a home invasion? Sounds like all they got was a couple of laptops and iphones. Or was something else more intriguing in the “blue duffel bag” that they took? Hmmm…

  • ^This, yeah, maybe I’ve been watching too many reruns of the wire but everyday folk aren’t typically the victims of armed home invasion…I’m not going to say it doesn’t happen but robberies like this definitely make me wonder if there was something else these guys were after.

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