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Posted at 5:20 PM ET, 09/10/2010

Oxon Hill man gets 37 years for carjacking

By Washington Post editors

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for carjacking several cars in the Washington area.

A jury convicted 22-year-old Terrell Roberson of Oxon Hill, in June of two counts of carjacking, two counts of using a firearm during those carjackings and four counts of interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.

Prosecutors say Roberson and a 15-year-old girl, who served as his accomplice, carjacked a car in Temple Hills, in October 2009 and drove it to Alexandria. They say Roberson and the girl went on to carjack three more cars.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

37 yrs seems a bit unreasonable.

Posted by: mocoresider09 | September 10, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

37 years is excessive, people lose their lives, and they get less time than that.

Posted by: wonder4real | September 10, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

37 years is excessive, people lose their lives, and they get less time than that.

Posted by: wonder4real | September 10, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

MURDERERS get 20-life and are out in less than 20! While I believe this is serious. I agree with the other posters that 37 is excessive.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | September 10, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Its probably a WaPo error. The sentence probably is 3-7 years.

Posted by: mossmillennium | September 10, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

This is a very serious crime especially while using a firearm. I believe maybe half of this sentence probably would have been sufficent enough (18yrs.).

Posted by: Hodgee | September 10, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

This is a very serious crime especially while using a firearm. I believe maybe half of this sentence probably would have been sufficent enough (18yrs.).

Posted by: Hodgee | September 10, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

This is a very serious crime especially while using a firearm. I believe maybe half of this sentence probably would have been sufficent enough (18yrs.).

Posted by: Hodgee | September 10, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

If it is 37, so be it

Stealing food when hungry or a blanket when cold is one thing

Carjacking everyday working folks who are struggling to make ends meet, traumatizing them, costing them money out of pocket plus insurance costs, then causing a major disruption in their lives now that they have reconfigure EVERYTHING just to figure out how to get to work, school, daycare, grocery, church, etc.??

2 helll with 'em...should lock their sperm/uterus donors up wit 'em

Posted by: kahlua87 | September 11, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I don't see a problem. If he serves every day of the sentence he will be 59 when he gets out, too old to go on that kind of crime spree.

Posted by: NataliaFox | September 11, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I don't see a problem. If he serves every day of the sentence he will be 59 when he gets out, too old to go on that kind of crime spree.

Posted by: NataliaFox | September 11, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

several news sources reporting 37 years.

probably had a history of prior offenses.

people should print this article and give it to every at risk youth in the DC/MD/VA area.

they should hang this article on every corner and convenience shop.

Posted by: my1xrulz | September 11, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

several news sources reporting 37 years.

probably had a history of prior offenses.

people should print this article and give it to every at risk youth in the DC/MD/VA area.

they should hang this article on every corner and convenience shop.

Posted by: my1xrulz | September 11, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Is this the guy who jacked the senators daughter, if so that could explain the long time he will do

Posted by: msdooby1 | September 11, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

@mocoresider09

"37 yrs seems a bit unreasonable."

@wonder4real

"37 years is excessive, people lose their lives, and they get less time than that."

Have any one of you bleeding hearts had to live with the fact that thugs like the piece of filth described here stuck a gun in your elderly father's face, yanked him out of his car, kicked and stomped him, then left him to fend for himself 20 miles from home?

I didn't think so.

And I'll bet you probably whine about the death penalty for murderers being "cruel and unusual". Come back after you've gone to the morgue to identify a murdered friend.

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 11, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

"37 yrs seems a bit unreasonable."

Phil Mendolson, is that you?

57 years seems better to me, but I'll take 37.

Posted by: hoos3014 | September 11, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

@ceefer

You haven't done that either......

Only family can do ID a body.

Posted by: afropuff_03 | September 11, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Here's a link that shows his MD charges only. Who knows about what he has in DC or VA.

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquirySearch.jis

"Wah! 37 years is too much!" Put this animal away forever. I bet you'd feel differently if this p.o.s. put a gun in your face or that of your loved ones.

Posted by: blank08 | September 11, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

37 YEARS IS WAY TOO EXCESSIVE...................BUT I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS,'' THEY'RE SENDING A MESSAGE...!!!!

Posted by: brianculture | September 11, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

@ceefer

You haven't done that either......

Only family can do ID a body.

Posted by: afropuff_03
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Depends on the state, know-it-all.

When I lived in NY, a friend's wife and mother asked me to accompany them.

See what happens when you open your trap about things you know nothing about?

Now go sit down and keep quiet when grown folks are talking.

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 11, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Way to much hatred here talking about 57 yrs, and life. There is no need of warehousing criminals and wasting tax dollars. Like I said, give half the sentence and train him and hope that he come out a productive citizen helping others from his mistakes.

Posted by: Hodgee | September 11, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

America is the Saudi Arabia of prisons. No other country puts a larger percentage of its citizens in prison than the USA. One out of 54 adult American males is in prison today -- that's a rate about five to ten times higher than Canada and Western Europe.

About a generation ago, politicians realized that playing the "longer prison terms" card was a sure-fire election-ad sound-bite. So every politician since then has increased prison terms. Now, we're seeing the effect of 30-40 years of political one-upsmanship: more of our people in prison than any other country.

It wasn't always this way. In 1970, the USA had the same rate of imprisonment as Canada. Canada's incarceration rate stayed the same; ours quintupled. All because of politicians trying to one-up each other on the "tough on crime" issue.

It's embarrassing that Americans don't realize that their "Land of the Free" is actually the country with more of its citizens in prison. Not even Russia or China come close to having as many prisoners (look it up). It's sad. And it's not going to get fixed until we realize how absolutely insane our incarceration rate is by world standards, until any politician who runs on a "longer prison terms!" platform gets booed and jeered out of the room, until we realize that keeping 2% of all adult males in prison at all times has profoundly destructive effects on society.

Posted by: kcx7 | September 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"until we realize that keeping 2% of all adult males in prison at all times has profoundly destructive effects on society"

.....depends on which 2% of adults are locked up?

Posted by: arlington1200 | September 11, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

" keeping 2% of all adult males in prison at all times has profoundly destructive effects on society."

Such as?

Society is better off with the miscreants locked up.

And before you go comparing us to other countries, I frankly don't care about the incarceration rate of other countries; I don't live with their crime.

Perhaps our crime rate would be lower if it weren't so easy to get guns and if those same "law and order" politicians you complain about weren't in the NRA's pocket. But that's another discussion.

I'm all for longer sentences. And while we're on the subject, any Black person who cries "foul" about longer prison sentences for crack than for powedered cocaine is an idiot, considering the effects crack has had on the Black community.

"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time". Simple.

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 11, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"America is the Saudi Arabia of prisons. No other country puts a larger percentage of its citizens in prison than the USA. One out of 54 adult American males is in prison today -- that's a rate about five to ten times higher than Canada and Western Europe"

This is good, at least Saudi Arabia has a low crime rate,law abiding citizens are safe. Make sense? Get the point? `

Posted by: mark0004 | September 12, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

A white guy would get 5 years or less. Brothers don't stand a chance with public defenders.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | September 12, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

If he got 37 years, it's probably because he racked up multiple counts - the normal sentence for armed robbery would be like 10 years or something. The article mentions 4 separate carjackings, so that's about right.

Posted by: fleeciewool | September 12, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

He was convicted of:
.two counts of carjacking
.two counts of using a firearm during those carjackings
.four counts of interstate transportation of stolen vehicles

I suspect that the sentences ran consecutively with would accunt for the 37 years.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 12, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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