A Maryland teenager who was charged in the stabbing death of another youth at a Metro station last November in northwest D.C., recently pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Chavez Myers, 18, of District Heights, Md. entered the guilty plea in D.C. Superior Court on Sept. 25. Prosecutors say Myers and a group of other teens attacked 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin at the Woodley Park Metro station on Nov. 17, 2012.
If a judge decides to accept the plea bargain, Myers will be sentenced to 30 years in prison on Dec. 13.
The teen was among a group of nine people that attacked Griffin. So far, five other teens have pleaded guilty to adult felony charges in relation to the incident.
Police say the group of teens conspired to steal items from people in the bustling Adam’s Morgan neighborhood. After taking the Metro to Woodley Park, they walked to the neighborhood around midnight and later robbed Griffin near a gas station on Adams Mill Road N.W. The victim was robbed of his Helly Hansen coat, hat and iPhone. The assailants then walked back to the Metro station to take the train back to West Hyattsville.
Griffin and two of his friends followed the group back to the station in an attempt to regain his stolen items. Evidence revealed that the assailants repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped one of Griffin’s companions while he was on the floor of the station platform.
Griffin ran up to the mezzanine level in order to get the assailants away from his friend. Shortly thereafter, Myers came up from behind Griffin and stabbed him in the heart. The teen died a short time after the attack.
After announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said he hopes the case sends a message to would-be criminals.
“We hope this prosecution sends an unambiguous message to young people tempted to join their friends to carry out robberies and other acts of violence in our city,” he said.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier called the incident a “senseless crime.”
“The Metropolitan Police Department and our law enforcement partners will not tolerate this in our city, and these criminals will be held accountable for their actions,” she said.
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