David Robinson Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges

Standing before Judge Stuart Nash on Monday morning, David Tyrone Robinson pleaded guilty to weapons charges in connection with the shooting death of Howard Ricardo Sampler in January 2012. Robinson no longer faces a charge of second degree murder.

Robinson pleaded to three charges in an indictment against him: carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. Robinson was arrested in November 2012.

Prosecutors had argued that on January 3, 2012, Robinson was carrying a 40 caliber pistol in the Kenilworth neighborhood of D.C. when began fighting with Sampler. Robinson shot at Sampler in self defense, his attorney, Tejal Kothari, said.

In the court charging documents, Robinson was allegedly held by police and interrogated for several hours. Kothari alleges that the police officers did not read Robinson all of his Miranda Rights, skipping the question, “Are you willing to answer questions without a lawyer?”

Robinson is expected for sentencing at 9:30 a.m. on July 10, 2013 with Judge Nash.

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