Two women who jumped into a man's car at 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW and robbed him after one of them distracted him with offers of sexual favors were sentenced to jail yesterday by a D.C. Superior Court judge after both pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.
Police have recently criticized the city courts for not imposing prison terms on women arrested for crimes in that area, which is the center of the city's prostitution activity.
The government argued that the man was in the area for legitimate reasons at about 10:45 p.m. last November when the incident occurred. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mary Ellen Abrecht urged Judge John F. Doyle to impose substantial prison sentences so that "the word will get out that men who must drive through or do business on the 14th Street corridor are not fair game" for such robberies.
Doyle sentenced Gloria Jean Wright, 24, of 99 S. Bragg St., Alexandria, to one-to-three years in prison. At the time she was arrested, Wright was a fugitive from Tennessee where she was serving three years probation for petty larceny.
The second woman, Barbara Jones, 23, of 1112 11th St. NW, was sentenced to six-to-18 months in prison on the attempted robbery charge.
In addition Wright was sentenced to serve a concurrent term of one-to-three years in prison for attempted robbery in connection with an assault on a man at the corner of 14th and Belmont Streets NW last June. Wright, who was on bond at the time in connection with the November robbery, and two other women assaulted the man as he was making a telephone call and stole $110 from his wallet, the government said.