- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two D.C. men pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to the armed burglary of a Northwest residence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District said.

Marquis Robertson, 29, and Niam Pannell, 26, are to be sentenced July 14. Robertson pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary while armed and Pannell pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary. Pannell also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in a separate incident.

Robertson faces 114 to 204 months in prison, and Pannell faces a sentence of 60 to 108 months.

Authorities say that on Jan. 10 at approximately 7:20 p.m., the men knocked on the door of an apartment in the 2500 block of Ontario Road NW.

When the resident opened the door, Pannell and Robertson were wearing masks and displayed handguns. They forced their way into the apartment, ordered the man to sit down, and demanded, “Where’s the money at? Where’s the Gucci at?”

When the man replied that he did not have anything, Robertson, who had taken off his mask, struck him in the face. Robertson then ordered the man to go into a rear bedroom with him. Once there, Robertson again struck the man in the face, demanding money. He also threatened the man’s two young daughters, who were in the apartment.

Pannell, who was an acquaintance of the victim, walked into another bedroom and took a PlayStation 3 game set from inside the bedroom, in addition to jewelry, book bags and articles of clothing.

Surveillance cameras showed the men entering and leaving the apartment building. When they left, they were carrying bags and clothing that they did not have when they arrived at the building. In addition, a semi-automatic handgun, matching the description of the handgun Robertson was carrying, was recovered by law enforcement from Robertson’s girlfriend’s apartment.

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