“Margaret Schweitzer in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County handed down the sentence of 80 suspend all but 40 years for Marlo Johnson, and 85 years suspend all but 38 years for Anthony Hewitt,” said Public Affairs Director for the Montgomery County State’s Attorneys Office, Ramon Korionoff.
This sentencing stems from an armed robbery that happened in October of 2017.
According to Court documents; the defendant Anthony Hewitt, 30, and Co- Defendant Marlo Johnson, 26, followed a man, his sister, and mother from their family-owned grocery store in Washington, DC to their home in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Court documents state that when the family got home, they were approached by Hewitt, and Johnson. A brief altercation occurred and the man in the family was shot in the leg but survived. Both suspects fled the scene with the cash, and were later arrested in Washington, DC.
“This was a crime that was caught on video. This was a crime where cross border operation was of the upmost important and our colleges in the District of Columbia and law enforcement, the police in particular were very helpful to our Montgomery County Police Department,” said Korionoff.
During the sentencing on Wednesday, the victims gave impact statements as to how this entire incident left them traumatized.
“When a woman, a victim in this matter articulated in a victim impact statement that her faith was shaken, that she though for a moment that she would never see her mother again, that can touch the heart of anybody,” added Korionoff.
Meanwhile, several family members were present in court to support the defendant Anthony Hewitt, and co-defendant Marlo Johnson. Johnson’s mother has a clear message.
“The judge could have gave my son more time however she didn’t and because of that I am grateful. 40 years is a long time but as a mother seeing her son grow up seeing her son take responsibility of his actions that makes you proud and I am very proud to stand before you and before the world and to tell you. I love my son Marlo Johnson and i will be behind him 100 percent,” she said.