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“District Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison For Robberies in Northwest Washington”

by Prince Of Petworth — December 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm 5 Comments

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From MPD:

Leo Griffin, 32, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to nine years of incarceration on charges stemming from two robberies he carried out last summer in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

Griffin pled guilty in September 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count each of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and possession of a prohibited weapon. He was sentenced by the Honorable Michael Ryan. Upon completion of his prison term, Griffin will be placed on five years of supervised release.

According to the government’s evidence, the first attack took place at about 10:20 p.m. on July 1, 2012. The victim was walking her dog in the 3600 block of 10th Street NW when Griffin and a female accomplice approached her. Griffin stated, “Hey, stop and talk to us for a second.” The victim saw what appeared to be a pistol in Griffin’s hand, stopped, and then complied with Griffin’s order to give him what she had. She turned over her iPhone and jewelry, including her wedding band. Griffin and the accomplice fled with the property.

The second attack took place about two hours later, just after midnight, on July 2, 2012. Griffin and his accomplice flagged a taxicab near Georgia Avenue and Webster Street NW. Griffin asked the driver to take them to Kennedy Street. As the victim began driving, Griffin pulled out what appeared to be a pistol and demanded the driver’s money. The driver complied, and Griffin and the accomplice got out of the cab at Georgia Avenue and Decatur Street NW and fled the area.

Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) stopped Griffin and the accomplice about 15 minutes after the taxi driver was robbed, near the site of the crime. Griffin was armed with a BB gun, as well as cash and the iPhone, watch, earrings and wedding band that were stolen earlier. The accomplice later pled guilty to her role in the taxicab robbery.

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the MPD officers who investigated the case. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Barlotta and Assistant U.S. Attorney Vivien Cockburn, of the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

  • Anonymous

    I am so perplexed by this city! Murderers plead guilty to second degree murder and get 15 years, while this guy robs some folks with a BB gun and gets 9. It doesn’t add up or make any sense at all to me. No wonder we’re plagued with gun homicides. We really need to start locking up murderers for life!

    • Anonymous

      You are just seeing the tip of the iceberg of how profoundly unjust and frankly ineffective the US “justice” system is. It’s nothing like what Americans think it is.

      About 92% of Federal convictions are not via jury trials, but via these “plea bargains”. And “bargain” is quite a strange euphemism for a situation where a prosecutor piles on every conceivable charge, and then offers to drop most of them in exchange for a confession. But we don’t call these coerced confessions; that only happens in “other” countries.

      And once in prison, there is generally no effective attempt at rehabilitation. There’s barely any effective attempts to assure prisoner safety, as evidenced by our horrific rates of prison rape, and the sad fact that we make this a national punch-line rather than see it for the national disgrace it is.

      America keeps a larger proportion of its population in prison than any other country on Earth. And no by a small margin: on a per capita basis, we have 5 to 7 times more prisoners than Canada and Western European countries. When it comes to how many people we put in prison, we are global outlier, but Americans have no idea how dismally “exceptional” our incarceration rate really is by world standards.

      If any other country had a criminal justice system like ours, we’d be lecturing them about their human rights violations. Heck, the rest of the First World considers America’s criminal justice system unconscionable.

      But we Americans are generally oblivious. And we feel that the solution is to make the system harsher, to make our prison sentences longer, and to put even more people in jail.

      We have no idea how much of a prison-state we already have become. We have no idea that we are already the world’s #1 jailer. We have no idea that the rest of the civilized world looks at our system with horror and revulsion. We are oblivious.

      • Anonymous

        I’m an American and I knew all these things. And he’ll yes, we need to un-privatize our prisons and focus on rehabilitation.

      • alkebulan

        Very well said.

  • washingtonian

    I was mugged by a male-female team in that general vicinity. I hope those are the same dirtbags that got caught.


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