CENTREVILLE, Va. (WUSA) -- A Centreville family is relieved with the arrest of a suspect in the murder of their handyman. Twenty-two-year-old Reynard Prather of Oxon Hill, Md., has been indicted by a federal grand jury for weapons violations and conspiracy charges for his alleged role in the attempted robbery and murder.
"We are very happy. Fairfax County police have done their job," said the son of the owner of the mansion which the incident took place.
On May 17, 2010, Jose Cardona confronted the would-be robbers and grabbed one of their guns, but was shot in the head by one of two intruders, according to court documents. The second alleged robber and driver of the get-away vehicle have NOT been charged.
Jose Cardona was a native of Guatemala, a father of two, and a beloved handyman to the family that employed him.
Court document say Prather and another man, each armed with a semiautomatic pistol, entered the mansion's garage with the intent to rob the owner of a check cashing businesses. Both the son or the owner and Jose Cardona confronted them. Cardona gained control of one of the guns; moments later he was fatally shot in the head by one of the intruders. The robbers fled to waiting pickup truck, driven by a third alleged conspirator.
"Jose was an amazing person. He was like an older brother to me. He's always missed. We think of him every single day," said the son.
Prather was indicted by a federal grand jury of Hobbs Act Conspiracy concerning the robbery, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, use of a firearm in a crime of violence causing death, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person. The 22 year old could face life in prison.
If convicted, Prather faces a maximum penalty of life in prison or death.
Written by Peggy Fox