D'Angelo Harrison and Devanta Francis sentenced for armed robbery

Two 16-year-olds were sentenced for an armed robbery near a Northeast Metro station Friday, U.S. attorney Ronald Machen Jr. announced.

D’Angelo Harrison was sentenced to four years and Devanta Francis to three years. Both were charged as adults. Both terms will be followed by five years of supervised release. As part of their guilty plea, they admitted participating in five other robberies near the same Metro station in November and December 2010.

According to government evidence, Harrison and Frances followed a teenage male from the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro station shortly after 10 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2010. The youth walked onto nearby 12th Street NE. Harrison started talking to him, asking if he wanted to fight.

Francis then pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's personal property. The victim handed over his coat, sweater, Metrorail pass, and cell phone. Francis told the victim to call the police, which he did. Officers arrived and stopped the defendants in the area. The victim identified the two, and police recovered his personal property from them.