WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Wednesday, two D.C. men were sentenced to more than a decade in prison for a brutal armed home invasion from last year.
James Walker, 34, and Anthony Richardson, 25, were convicted in May 2012 of kidnapping while armed and other charges. On Wednesday, they were sentenced. Walker was sentenced to 19 years and eight months in prison and Richardson was sentenced to 11 years and seven months in prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, evidence showed that Walker and Richardson, who were armed with a handgun, attacked a man on Nov. 20, 2011, in the alley outside a boarding house in the 600 block of Florida Avenue NW. They then forced him inside the house, where they beat him, splitting open his ear, and removed his pants. His hands were then tied.
A female resident of an apartment inside the boarding house heard the noise and called the police. While she was on the 911 call, Walker and Richardson began to force her door open. They broke into the room dragged man inside, threatened the resident with a gun, and bound her too.
When officers arrived at the boarding house, Walker untied the female victim, ordered her into bed with him, and told her to lie to the police. When the police refused to leave, Walker sent the female victim to the door to tell the police to go away...but she escaped instead.
Officers then apprehended Walker and Richardson. The male victim was found lying on the floor, bound, bloody, and semi-conscious. Officers called for medical treatment.
Police also recovered the handgun on the ground outside the window, with blood on it.