The two teenagers arrested for the attempted robbery in which Washington commanders backed down Brian Robinson Jr. was shot pleaded guilty.
Monday in DC Superior Court, the The Washington Post reported, a 15-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in the Aug. 28 incident involving Robinson and intentional homicide in the shooting death of another 15-year-old on Oct. 3. Law enforcement authorities said the teenager used the same weapon in Robinson’s robbery and the fatal shooting.
On January 13, in DC Superior Court, the The Washington Post reportedA 17-year-old pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a pistol without a license in the Aug. 28 incident.
A few new details about Robinson’s shooting have been shared during the court proceedings.
Robinson was walking to his car on H Street NE in Washington around 6 p.m. on August 28 when two teenagers tried to steal his wallet and the keys to his Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
When one of the teenagers approached him and pulled out a gun, Robinson started running. When the 17-year-old tried to stop him, Robinson snatched the gun from the teenager’s hands and then was shot by the 15-year-old just above the knee and in the hip before the boys could run away.
Prosecutors matched the 17-year-old’s DNA to the .33 Glock caliber taken from the teenager by Robinson. The 17-year-old was arrested on November 1with the 15 year old arrested on November 4. The suspects were 16 and 14 when Robinson was shot.
Robinson’s injuries caused him to miss the first four games of the season after joining the Alabama Commanders in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He has rebounded to lead Washington in rushing yards this season.
Robinson makes his NFL debut on October 9 with 22 yards on nine carries in a 21-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Four days later, Robinson’s first touchdown on a run of 1 meter lifted the commanders to a 12-7 win over the Chicago Bears.
Robinson rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown as Washington became the first team to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2022 season with a 32-21 victory on November 14 and two weeks later, he recorded his first 100-yard game and caught his first TD pass in a 19-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Robinson missed Washington’s regular season finale with a knee injury. While playing in 12 of the Commanders’ 17 games, Robinson led the team with 797 yards and two touchdowns on 205 rushing attempts. He also caught nine passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Both teens will be sentenced by Judge Robert A. Salerno – the 17-year-old on February 24 and the 15-year-old on March 8.
The The Washington Post reported the 17-year-old’s guilty plea was part of a deal in which prosecutors would ask the teen to be in the custody of the District of Columbia’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services until he turns 20, although the judge can add up to a year to this agreement. The teenager is currently under 24-hour GPS surveillance at his parents’ home.
Salerno could also sentence the 15-year-old to remain in the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services until he turns 21. The prosecution asked the judge to keep the teenager in custody until sentencing.
A prep standout at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Robinson rushed for 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 35 passes for 296 yards for Alabama during the 2021 season.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.