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A Washington, D.C., man’s guilty plea this month in a St. Mary’s County courtroom to a robbery charge from a March 2012 holdup in Hollywood wound up the prosecution of three suspects in the heist, which followed a carjacking in Prince George’s County and a robbery in Charles County.
Victor Christopher Green, now 21, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the St. Mary’s case, suspended to three years in custody and five years of supervised probation. He also was ordered to pay $108 in restitution.
Last year’s three-county crime spree ended as law officers in Charles and St. Mary’s counties were searching for the culprits in the pair of convenience store holdups and a speeding car in a White Plains neighborhood caught the attention of police, ultimately landing the three suspects in jail.
The carjacking occurred at about 8:30 p.m. March 20, 2012, in Prince George’s County, court papers state, and the three suspects allegedly carried out the robberies using the stolen gold Buick passenger car. Shortly after 11 that night, detectives report, a man brandishing a handgun robbed a 7-Eleven on Route 5 in Waldorf, and the second holdup occurred at 4:22 a.m. the next day at the Burchmart in Hollywood.
St. Mary’s County Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis said last week that Green was the driver in the Hollywood holdup, while Dennis Morris Hinnant, now 19, also of Washington, D.C., went inside and Darius Lamont Prigg, now 19, of White Plains waited outside.
“All [Prigg] did was sit in the car, but he let Hinnant wear his hat,” the prosecutor said at his office in the county courthouse.
Green pleaded guilty last September to a robbery conspiracy charge in the Charles County case, online court records state, and he was sentenced to serve five years in prison.
Hinnant pleaded guilty last March to robbery in the St. Mary’s case, online court records state, and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, suspended to five years in custody and five years of supervised probation. Hinnant earlier was sentenced to 10 years in prison on his guilty plea to robbery in the Charles case and a concurrent 15-year prison term on a guilty plea in Prince George’s to armed carjacking.
Prigg’s guilty plea last December to a robbery conspiracy charge in the St. Mary’s case resulted in an active 18-month sentence, online court records state, and he earlier received an active sentence of 18 months in custody on his guilty plea to a theft charge in the Charles case.
Stanalonis said Prigg had agreed to testify against the other two suspects if their St. Mary’s cases had gone to trial.
St. Mary’s authorities had to file paperwork to have the three suspects brought from prison to the courthouse in Leonardtown, the prosecutor said, to have their charges from the Hollywood holdup resolved.
“Charles County had concluded their prosecution,” he said. “All three of the defendants were in the division of correction.”
Staff writer Jeff Newman contributed to this report.