A 17-year-old Maryland boy pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of another teenager inside the Woodley Park Metro station last year.
Chavez Myers of District Heights, Md. could face 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in December for the death of 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin.
Police say Myers and his co-conspirators planned a robbery spree in November 2012. Griffin was first robbed of his jacket and iPhone by the group in Adams Morgan and later that evening stabbed inside the Woodley Park Metro station while trying to get his belongings back from his attackers.
Prosecutors say while Griffin was fighting off three of Myers' co-conspirators, Myers came up behind him and stabbed Griffin, who was unarmed, in the heart.
"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: think before you act because you will be prosecuted as an adult and held responsible for the destruction your actions bring to the lives of others," U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said.
The other teens involved are Deon Jefferson, 17, of Landover, Md.; Muquan Cawthorne, 16, of Mount Rainier; Gary Maye, 17, of Hyattsville; and Immanuel Swann, 17, of Brentwood and Gary Whittaker, 20, of Hyattsville, Md. They have all pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and various other charges and are awaiting sentencing.
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