A Maryland man was convicted Friday by a Loudoun County jury in connection with the July 2011 attempted robbery of a 27-year-old woman.
Ademamola Oriade Adeniran, 22, of Reisterstown, was found guilty of attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery. The jury recommended a sentence of five years in prison.
Adeniran is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 14, 2013, before Loudoun County Judge Burke F. McCahill.
Under Virginia law a judge can reduce a jury sentence, but can not increase it. Also by Virginia law, a defendant must serve 80 percent of his or her sentence.
According to reports, the incident occurred during the early morning hours of July 30, 2011, when Adeniran and co-defendant, Chinwe Enoch, entered a hotel room displaying both a knife and a gun in an attempt to rob the woman.
Enoch pleaded guilty to a felony on Sept. 26 for his role in the crime, according to the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephen Sincavage, who prosecuted the case, asked the jury to “put a price on the defendant’s conduct,” pointing out that Adeniran “has been prosecuted before, has been to court before, and yet here he is again.”
“After careful consideration of the evidence, the jury held Adeniran accountable for his repeat violent behavior and directed that he serve five years in a Virginia penitentiary,” a press release from the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney’s Office said.
During the sentencing phase of the trial, the jury received evidence of Adeniran’s prior criminal record which included a conviction in Loudoun County for misdemeanor obtaining money by false pretense and a misdemeanor fourth degree sex offense conviction in Maryland.
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