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Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Two men sentenced in Papa John’s pizza delivery robbery

Two District men who held up a Papa John’s pizza delivery man last year — robbing more than $200 and the pizza that they ordered — were sentenced Tuesday, one to four years and the other to four-and-a half years, the U.S. Attorney said.

Melvin Woodard, 20, and Rojay Ball, 19, pled guilty to felony charges of armed robbery and carrying a pistol without a license, and were convicted of the crimes in May. Ball also pled guilty to the felony charge of threatening to injure a person.

Woodard received the four-year sentence and Ball received the four-and-a-half year sentence, officials said.

In December 2011, after ordering pizza, chicken wings, and cinnamon-bread from Papa John’s, Woodard and Ball along with a third person held up the delivery van at gunpoint, stealing the money, the food, and the driver’s cell phone, the government said.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s declined to comment on the investigation into the third alleged individual.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, at one point Ball threatened to hurt or kill a witness to the robbery.

By Mihir Zaveri  |  04:55 PM ET, 07/24/2012

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