- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A D.C. man was sentenced Tuesday in connection with a daylight armed robbery in Northeast last year during which he and another man fired 19 warning shots into the air — only to be caught by police who were nearby and heard the gunfire.

Darrell Wilson, 29, of the District was sentenced to 16 years and seven months in prison for his role in the May 2010 assault, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District said.

Wilson and a co-defendant, McKinley Johnson, 23, were convicted in D.C. Superior Court in February on multiple counts of armed robbery, assault with intent to rob while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, and various weapons offenses. Johnson, of Oxon Hill, was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Authorities say the men, armed with guns, approached four men and a woman standing in front of a house near the 1200 block of 16th Street NE early on the morning of May 9, 2010.

The men fired shots into the air and told the victims to get down on the ground. The men stole wallets, cash, cellphones and other things. One woman was hit in the head with a “heavy object.” Two other robbery victims were also assaulted by the attackers, who fired into the air to warn the victims to do as they said.

But nearby police officers also heard the gunfire and saw the two men running. Police stopped the men and recovered the guns used in the robberies and the stolen property.

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