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D.C. man sentenced to 15 years for pair of violent carjackings

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

A 64-year-old D.C. man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for violent carjackings of a pregnant woman and a woman with her 5-year-old daughter.

According to prosecutors, the crime spree began on the afternoon of Dec. 16, 2007, when a female driver stopped to ask James Corbin for directions.

The woman was taking her 5-year-old daughter to a violin concert and became lost in Southeast Washington.

Corbin jumped into the passenger seat, claiming that he would give directions while she kept driving.

The woman drove with Corbin for about five minutes until he told her to slow down inside Fort Dupont Park. Corbin tried to grab the keys, got out of the car, went to the driver's side door, and tried to pull the woman out of the vehicle. Two people pulled up in a car and chased Corbin into the nearby woods. Corbin left behind blood smears inside the car, prosecutors said.

About 30 minutes later, Corbin got into the driver's seat of another car that was parked near a gas station in the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

He ordered the female passenger, who was three months pregnant, to get out of the car, then punched her in the chest and sped off with her still in the car.

Corbin continued to punch the woman in the face and stomach. The victim, fearing for her life, prayed for the safety of herself and the baby she was carrying, prosecutors said.

The woman remembered she had a bottle of ginger ale in the car, poured it into her lap, and cried that she was having a miscarriage.

Corbin slowed down the car, but did not stop, and pushed her out of the vehicle.

No arrest was made that day, but DNA taken from the blood left in the first car came back with a match for Corbin last year.

-Scott McCabe

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