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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

June 18, 2010

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney

Contact: Peter Carr, Public Information Officer
(703) 842-4050
(703) 549-5202 (fax)

Springfield Man Sentenced 57 Years for Murder-for-Hire Plot

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Mirwais Omar Mohamadi, 28, of Springfield, Va., was sentenced to serve 57 years in federal prison today for armed robbery and carrying out a plot to hire a man to kill a taxicab driver.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Rich Marianos, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement following sentencing by United States District Court Judge Liam O’Grady.

We’re extremely fortunate no one was murdered in this case, and this long sentence recognized the extraordinary danger Mohamadi poses to the community, said U.S. Attorney MacBride. The difference between an armed robbery and a murder is razor thin, and Mohamadi sought to hire someone to finish the job for him.

Thanks to the outstanding work of ATF agents, Alexandria City detectives, members of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office another criminal who has no regard for life will be behind bars for a very long time, said Acting Special Agent in Charge Marianos. On March 18, 2010, a federal jury sitting in Alexandria, Va., convicted Mohamadi of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of using a firearm in the commission of an armed robbery, one count of solicitation to commit murder-for-hire, one count of murder-for-hire, and two counts of witness tampering.

The evidence presented at trial showed that on May 26 and 27, 2007, Mohamadi solicited a prostitute using the Craig’s List website. After convincing the prostitute to accompany him to nightclubs in Washington, D.C., Mohamadi robbed the prostitute at gunpoint. Mohamadi fled the scene and hailed a taxicab in the Dupont Circle area. After taking the taxicab back to an apartment complex in the Landmark area of Alexandria, Mohamadi robbed the taxicab driver at gunpoint. While awaiting trial in the City of Alexandria for the armed robbery of the taxicab driver, Mohamadi solicited two inmates to find and murder the taxicab driver. Mohamadi also convinced a witness in the state trial to provide perjured testimony.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the City of Alexandria Police Department, and the City of Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Ronald L. Walutes, Jr. and Michael P. Ben’Ary prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

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