Running back Brian Robinson Jr. of the Washington Commanders was shot dead during the attempted robbery and the two arrested teenagers have admitted their guilt.
According to the Washington Post, a 15-year-old filed a plea of guilty Monday in DC Superior Court to counts of attempted robbery related to the August 28 Robinson incident and involuntary manslaughter related to the shooting of another 15-year-old on October 3 . The teenager is said to have used the same gun in both the fatal shooting and the Robinson robbery, according to police officials.
The Washington Post reported that on January 13, a 17-year-old man filed a plea of guilty in DC Superior Court to assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a handgun without a license in the August 28 incident.
During the court hearing, some new information about Robinson’s shooting was revealed.
Around 6 a.m. on August 28 in Washington, DC, two teenagers attempted to rob Robinson while he was on his way to his Dodge Challenger Hellcat when he walked toward it.
Robinson began to flee when one of the children approached him and produced a revolver. Robinson took the gun from the 17-year-old when he tried to stop him. The 15-year-old then shot Robinson just above the knee and in the hip before the two boys fled.
The 17-year-old’s DNA was matched by prosecutors to the Glock .33 caliber pistol that Robinson had taken from the teenager. The 15-year-old was arrested on November 4th and the 17-year-old on November 1st. At the time of Robinson’s shooting, the suspects were 16 and 14 years old.
After joining the Alabama Commanders in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Robinson missed the first four games of the season due to injuries. He rebounded and has the fastest yards for Washington this season.
On October 9, Robinson made his NFL debut against the Tennessee Titans, finishing for 22 yards on nine carries in a 21-17 loss. Robinson’s first touchdown, scored on a 1-yard run four days later, helped the Commanders defeat the Chicago Bears 12-7.
On November 14, Robinson rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown as Washington defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 32-21, becoming the first team to do so of the 2022 season. Two weeks later, in a 19-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons, Robinson rallied his first 100-yard play and snagged his first touchdown pass.
Robinson’s knee injury kept him out of Washington’s final regular-season game. Robinson led the club for 797 yards and two touchdowns on 205 carries while appearing in 12 of the Commanders’ 17 games. He also had nine catches for 60 yards and one point.
Judge Robert A. Salerno will sentence both teenagers, the 17-year-old on February 24 and the 15-year-old on March 8.
According to The Washington Post, the 17-year-old suspect’s plea was part of an agreement in which prosecutors demanded that the boy be placed in the care of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services until he was 20. However, the judge can extend this agreement by up to one year. The youth is currently being held in GPS-tracked 24-hour captivity at his parents’ home.
In addition, Salerno could order the 15-year-old to remain in the care of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services until he was 21. Prosecutors asked the judge to hold the teenager pending sentencing.
Robinson, a top athlete at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa high school, rushed for 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 35 passes for 296 yards for Alabama in 2021.