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Posted at 8:19 PM ET, 07/20/2010

Sentence in carjacking of sen.'s daughter

By Erica Johnston

A man who pleaded guilty to the violent carjacking of a senator’s daughter in downtown Washington was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison, prosecutors said.

The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia said Steven Alston, 25, of the District, was sentenced in the carjacking last December of the daughter of Sen. Robert Corker (R-Tenn.).

During the incident Alston grabbed her by the throat, choked her and threw her to the ground, before he and an accomplice drove off in her truck, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The accomplice, Dewalden Connor, pleaded guilty to robbery in the incident in March. He is to be sentenced Thursday.


-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | July 20, 2010; 8:19 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

This young lady is very lucky...Hopefully no matter where she is driving she will have her car doors locked at all times...even if giving directions, do not roll your window down...at most just crack it...

I am a 70yr old guy and NEVER leave my doors unlocked and have no problems talking to someone thru a fully raised window....

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 20, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Nine years for car jacking. This is more than the normal sentence for such a crime. But if you attack the daughter of a US comgressman you better believe the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia is going to throw the book at you.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | July 20, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Nine years for car jacking. This is more than the normal sentence for such a crime. But if you attack the daughter of a US comgressman you better believe the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia is going to throw the book at you.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | July 20, 2010 11:15 PM |
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I don't remember a gun being used, so why so many years? Talk about picking the wrong person to carjack.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 21, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't care if the person who was car-jacked was the daughter of the president or the son of a begger. A crime is a crime and people should not be committing these car-jackings. Do I think they got more time because of who she was, probably, but that still doesn't hide the fact that they committed a violent crime on a person soley to steal their car!! Maybe you've never had a gun in your face or come home to a house after a burgler has left it in shambles. I don't know - I've been the victim of both. Even after one of the criminals was caught, I still felt a sense of violation. Not to mention the extra funds necessary to repair windows and place security bars on the house.

What ever happened to working and buying your own car? Why do people think they have the right to violently take other people's possessions and get away with it? They deserve the time they got - maybe they will learn from this, maybe they won't. It's solely up to them and their conscience.

Posted by: soulshadow55 | July 21, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Violent crime - stiff sentence. Two violent crimes - 2 strikes - death penalty.

Posted by: Trout1 | July 21, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Jim and Public what does being the daughter of a Senator have to do with the sentence? The person grabbed her by the throat, choked her and then threw her to the ground before stealing her car. Just becasue they did not have a gun does not mean they were not violent. Let someone choke you and see if you feel that they should get a lighter sentence because they did not have a gun. What if this was your daughter? Would you feel the same way? I really do not think you would go to court and tell a judge that since they did not use a gun on my daughter, please give them a light sentence. If you would then you are an idiot.

Posted by: getting_by | July 21, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It does seem a little stiff and yes I think who she was had much to do with it. I know a victim who's assailant only got 3 years, and he used a gun mind you.

Posted by: lulu202 | July 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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