A Landover man will spend the next 35 years in prison for attempting to rob a Hyattsville 7-Eleven convenience store on Christmas Eve in 2011.
Theodore McNeal Scott, 33, was sentenced without parole in Prince George’s County Circuit Court Tuesday.
Scott was convicted in August 2012 of attempted robbery, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and conspiracy to commit a robbery with a deadly weapon, according to state’s attorney’s office officials.
On December 24, 2011, Scott and an accomplice walked up to the side of a 7-Eleven in Hyattsville, wearing masks and wielding handguns, prosecutors said. The two tried to open the side door but store employees had already locked the doors to clean the store. At that point, state’s attorney’s office officials said two Prince George’s police officers spotted Scott and the accomplice while they were patrolling the area due to a rash of 7-Eleven robberies.
Scott was arrested about a quarter mile away. The accomplice drove away and into Washington, D.C., where he crashed his vehicle and was arrested.
John Erzen, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, said police also found the accomplice’s weapon after the chase.
Erzen said the accomplice, Omar Clarence Weaver, 32, of Silver Spring, is still being held in D.C. on a carjacking charge and will be extradited to Prince George’s County to face charges for the attempted robbery after going through the criminal justice system in D.C.
“Mr. Scott has proven himself to be a dangerous individual and I know he would have carried out this violent crime if not for the fact that the doors of the store had been locked when employees began to clean it,” said Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks in a statement. “As I have said before, we will not tolerate crime of any kind in our county and if you commit crime and attempt to take away our sense of safety, we will take away your freedom.”
A defense attorney for Weaver was not listed with the courts by Wednesday, according to online county court records.
Calls to George Harper, Scott’s defense attorney, were not returned Wednesday.