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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 05/04/2011

D.C. burglar who posted picture on Facebook sentenced

A 19-year-old Southeast D.C. man who posted a photograph of himself on the Facebook page of his burglary victim was sentenced to 44 months in prison, authorities said Wednesday.

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D.C. Superior Court judge Anthony C. Epstein sentenced Rodney Knight Jr. after he pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree burglary in February.

Knight also pleaded guilty to one count of carrying a pistol without a license. Epstein sentenced Knight to 27 months in prison for the burglary and 17 months for the weapons charge.

Police identified Knight as the robbery suspect weeks after Washington Post writer Marc Fisher detailed the robbery of his home in a column.

Knight posted a photo of himself on Fisher’s son’s Facebook page in which the burglar wore a coat and held cash he’d taken from the house.

Prosecutors said Knight stole about $400 in cash, along with the coat and two laptop computers.

Knight was arrested on Jan. 2 after police observed him in an alley in the 2800 block of Dunbar St. SE clutching his waistband and running. The pistol was loaded with one round in the chamber and one in the magazine, according to court documents.

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