Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:27 AM
Published on: Thursday, February 21, 2013
By Tim Schwartz
ROCKVILLE – District Court Judge Richard E. Jordan sentenced an 18-year-old Montgomery Village resident to 18 months in prison on Friday after the man pleaded guilty to a string of armed robberies during the summer.
Marcus A. Addison accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty after originally facing up to 25 years in prison for five counts of armed robbery. He will be given credit for four months already served and will be on probation for five years following his release.
County police arrested Addison, a senior and former defensive starter on the varsity football team at Watkins Mill High School, on August 20 in connection with robberies of pizza delivery employees in the Gaithersburg area.
Judge Richard E. Jordan called Addison’s spree a “sophisticated set of crimes” and said that he is “extremely fortunate” to be given an 18-month sentence.
“It’s a fair sentence that holds Mr. Addison accountable and as (the judge) said on the bench, a way to ensure that Mr. Addison stays on the straight and narrow and reforms his life so that he can be a productive member of society and refrain from doing other crimes,” said Ramon Korionoff, the spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Judge Jordan said if Addison were to violate his probation his sentence per charge would be 10 years instead of the five years per charge the original sentence carried. If Addison violates his probation he faces up to 48 years in prison.
“I feel like maybe that’s a good thing,” Marcus’ sister Rashawn Addison said about the possibility of Marcus serving 48 years if he violates his probation, “and then I feel like that’s still a lot of time. If he gets in any minor thing like the judge said if he trips over and hurts his toe or whatever then they’re locking him up and trying to bring all these years upon him.”
Addison’s attorney Luiz R.S. Simmons said the sentence was reasonable.
“I think the sentence was a fair and proportionate sentence,” he said. “It took into consideration public safety and it took into consideration his youth and the fact that he did not physically hurt anybody and that he’s an adolescent and developmentally he is several years younger than his age.”
Marcus’ friend John Allen said the sentence sounded reasonable for the crime he committed.
“Fourteen months with probation that sounds good for him because he’s a good kid and I know he’s going to come up out of this because he’s smart. He’s just young,” Allen said.
The Addison family, however, disagrees with the sentence calling it “harsh.”
“I think that it was extremely harsh honestly 48 years is a long time over his head,” Rashawn said. “I think five years of probation, it’s a really long time. But then again 48 years over your head you might need five years of probation.”