Attack on senator's daughter in District gets carjacker two years

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Friday, July 23, 2010

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Thursday sentenced a man involved in the December carjacking of a Tennessee senator's daughter to two years in prison.

Dewalden Connor, 22, of Capitol Heights pleaded guilty in March to the Dec. 2 carjacking of Julia Corker, daughter of Sen. Bob Corker (R), as she was stopped at a red light at Seventh and D streets NW about 9:30 p.m.

According to police, Conner was dressed as a woman when he distracted Corker while asking her for directions. Conner's accomplice, Steven Alston, then entered the passenger side of the Chevrolet Tahoe and pulled her out of the SUV by her neck, police said. She suffered minor bruises.

Police tracked the vehicle by OnStar, an anti-theft system. About an hour after the carjacking, Seat Pleasant police saw the Tahoe parked in front of a Taco Bell on Central Avenue, near the Seat Pleasant police headquarters.

Alston, 25, of Northeast Washington, who also pleaded guilty to carjacking and assault, was sentenced this week to nine years.

-- Keith L. Alexander

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