An armed robber's discarded classes linked him to a crime for which he was sentenced to 40 years in prison, the Maryland State's Attorney's Office said Friday.
Jerry Millings was sentenced to serve 30 years of a 40 year sentence (10 years were suspended) after being tried on two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of using a handgun while committing a crime of violence, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and theft of at least $100 but less than $1,500.
Prosecutors say on June 25 at about 2:30 p.m., police responded to the 3100 block of McElderry Street for an armed robbery call. There officers met a man and woman who had been robbed in a taxi.
The man was driving a 2004 Honda Accord when he arrived in the block. The woman walked over and entered the backseat of the car. At that point, an unknown man wearing black eye glasses opened the other passenger door and pointed a gun at the driver, telling him to stop. The gunman then grabbed the woman's purse from her lap and fled.
During the struggle for the purse, the robber's glasses fell off in the car. Police recovered those classes and submitted them for DNA testing. The forensic lab that did the test confirmed the DNA on the glasses matched that of Millings.