by St. John Barned-Smith, May 16, 2013
A Washington, D.C., man convicted this year of using a gun while trying to steal three dirt bikes in Olney was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for the crime.
Judge Cheryl McCally sentenced Michael D. Woods, 23, of Ely Place, to 50 years in prison, suspending half of the time.
He also received five years of supervised probation.
Ramon Korionoff, a Montgomery County State’s Attorney spokesman, called the sentence “just and adequate.”
“Today’s sentence by Judge McCally sends a strong message to those who would come into our community and attempt to steal property and harm people,” he said.
Woods and two accomplices tried to steal the bikes from a home near Prince Philip Drive in Olney in late August 2012.
Jurors learned during a trial that the owners heard them trying to steal the bikes, and confronted the trio, who were stymied when the bikes wouldn’t start.
Woods used a gun to intimidate one of the owners, then fled into the woods when police arrived.
Enoch Nelson, 18, of an unconfirmed address, and Junious Pierae Plummer, 24, of the 500 block of Foxhall Place Southeast in Washington, D.C., both pleaded guilty for their roles in the crime last month.
Courtesy of Gazette.Net