Life in prison for man who participated in fatal robbery
A 38-year-old Fort Washington man who federal authorities described as an "armed career criminal" has been sentenced to life in prison, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.
Opio Diarra Moore was convicted of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and conspiracy to possess the ammunition. But a federal judge in Greenbelt imposed a life sentence after learning of Moore's long history of violence, federal officials said.
Federal officials said Moore has three felony drug convictions. In addition, they said, evidence was presented at the sentencing that Moore participated in other crimes, including the murder of Dunbar armored car employee Jason Schwindler, who was gunned down in an August 2004 robbery.
That evidence included a recorded jailhouse visit between Moore and Earl Davis. Davis, 39, of the District, was sentenced last year to life in prison, for charges including robbery and using a gun in Schwindler's murder.
"In exercising their sentencing discretion, judges consider not just the conduct for which the defendant was found guilty, but also the defendant’s criminal record and other evidence of his character," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. "Opio Moore was sentenced to life in prison because he led a life of crime."
-- Maria Glod
April 23, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
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