- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
What began as the trial of a Washington, D.C., man accused of the May 2013 armed robbery of a woman in Waldorf abruptly ended with a guilty plea Tuesday afternoon.
Tylane Lorenzo Landy, 28, appeared before Circuit Judge Helen I. Harrington on Monday afternoon to begin what was expected to be a two-day trial for an incident outside of the Capital One bank in Waldorf Marketplace. About 11 a.m. May 2, 2013, Landy accosted a woman who was sitting in her car counting cash before making a deposit at another bank, Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney John Stackhouse said during the proceedings. Landy walked up to the woman on the driver’s side of the vehicle and placed a gun to her head and demanded the money, Stackhouse said.
With witnesses watching the spectacle unfold, Landy then made off with $620 of the $700 the woman had and got into a getaway car driven by another District resident, 20-year-old Lanaisha Danielle Langford, police said. The pair then led officers on a chase that continued into Brandywine before they were caught.
At the Charles County jail, police found 31 bags of crack cocaine stuffed into a toilet paper tube in his possession, which resulted in additional drug possession with intent to distribute charges.
Landy pleaded guilty Tuesday to the drug charge in the second case, along with armed robbery and a weapons charge for the robbery, netting him a 25-year sentence with five years of those holding no possibility of parole. Landy got an additional 15 years of suspended time.
Langford was sentenced Thursday morning and received an 18-month sentence. Stackhouse asked for five years.
After Stackhouse announced the terms of the plea, Landy asked to address Harrington.
“I really feel bad. I’m going to be real with the court ... the hardest thing I have to deal with is knowing that I threw my life away for drugs,” Landy said, becoming emotional as he spoke. “It’s no excuse ... but I go to sleep every night knowing I really hurt that lady. If she were here in court, I would apologize to her. I threw my life away for nothing at all. I don’t really know how to explain myself. I am guilty, and for that, I should be punished for what I did.”
After Landy spoke, Stackhouse said Landy’s arrest for this robbery revealed that he had stolen property from a Prince George’s County man the previous evening.
“His life isn’t over,” Stackhouse said. “He has time to turn it around.”
“Your story is all too common, and there is no joy whatsoever in imposing a long sentence,” Harrington said as she read over the terms of Landy’s sentence. “When you commit violent crimes, there has to be a penalty. [The victim’s] testimony was raw and hard to listen to. She’ll live with that fear forever now. I agree with the state: Your life is not over.”
Harrington encouraged Landy to take advantage of drug treatment programs and other means of enriching his life while incarcerated.
“There are any number of things you can do to better yourself,” Harrington said. “You need to take steps to get treatment ... and turn your life around. This is your opportunity.”