Props to the Prosecutors – District Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years in Prison For Armed Robbery and Other Charges in 2012 Attack

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From MPD:

Anthony Butler, 51, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 13 years and 10 months in prison on charges stemming from the armed robbery of a woman last fall in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

Butler was found guilty in March 2013 by a jury in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on charges of armed robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon, felony threats, and possession of an open container of alcohol. He was sentenced by the Honorable A. Franklin Burgess, Jr. Butler, who has previous convictions for robbery, carjacking and other crimes, is to be placed on five years of supervised release following his prison term. In announcing the sentence, Judge Burgess indicated that he wanted to keep Butler off the streets and keep the citizens of the District of Columbia safe. Butler also faces parole revocation.

According to the government’s evidence, the attack took place about 8 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2012, near the National Zoo. The victim was walking alone near Adams Mills Road and Walbridge Place NW, headed to a friend’s house for a dinner party, when Butler saw her. He got out of a large red pick-up truck that was blocking her path and pretended to ask for directions.

Butler quickly grabbed the woman’s arm, thrust a knife up to her stomach, and demanded her phone and purse. After he got those items, he demanded her necklace. When she couldn’t get her necklace off fast enough, Butler yelled at her to take it off or he would kill her. After robbing her, he told her to run in the opposite direction and again threatened her if she didn’t comply.

Butler then took off in the pick-up truck. The victim was left on the side of the street without a phone, any money, and the keys to her house. She ran down the street and flagged down a motorist who allowed her in his car, and together they called 911. About 10 minutes later, officers with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Robbery Intervention Program spotted a truck matching the description of the one Butler was using near a gas station at Georgia and Missouri Avenues NW. Officers found the victim’s belongings spread around the truck; Butler had a knife. The victim identified Butler and the knife. He was arrested. At the Fourth District Police Station, the woman’s identification was found in his pocket. At trial, Butler argued that he had merely found the purse on the side of the road.

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of those who investigated the case from the MPD. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson, Litigation Technology Specialist Paul Howell, and Victim/Witness Advocate Jennifer Clark. Finally, he praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalia Medina, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

12 Comment

  • gotryit

    That might be the first reasonable sentence I’ve seen in years.

  • Sorry, but this whole segment doesn’t sit right with me… I understand props to cops, praising the law officers who risk their lives for the successful catch criminals, who have done horrible acts of violence or theft. However, praising the ultimate prosecution, the punishment, just seems off. Don’t get me wrong, this guy deserves and should go to prison for his crimes, but celebrating that, just doesn’t seem right… at least to me.

    • Have you seen the sentences that DC courts usually give, they are laughable, so I think it is a good to celebrate a sentence that fits the crime.

    • Considering that DC prosecutors won’t prosecute someone who intentionally rams someone else with his car with video evidence, or won’t prosecute a potential sex offender with a rape kit that proves that he lied, I say we give props to the prosecutors whenever they actually decide to go forward with a case.

      • good points… just sets a low bar for the city. But after all this time I suppose I am used to it… I retract my previous comment…

      • DC doesn’t really have prosecutors (OAG can prosecute a very limited amount of case types). Prosecutions like this case are handled by U.S. Attorneys (i.e., federal prosecutors).

    • I’m celebrating every armed robber they lock up in this town. Jail ’em all.

      Only bad thing is they can’t jail the bigtime thieves on Capitol Hill and K Street, the ones who rob the whole country.

    • Agreed

  • The photo is inappropriate.

    • There’s nothing wrong with that picture. It’s a picture of the kind of prison where this jackass will be going for robbing a woman at knifepoint. And deservedly so.

  • I second the props to Natalia for persuading the judge to give a stiff sentence!

  • figby

    Her ID was in his pocket? He fished that out of her stuff in particular? That is chilling. So glad they caught him.

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