Orlando, Florida woman sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for interstate domestic violence involving a minor | USAO-MD

Baltimore, Maryland — U.S. District Judge George L. Russell yesterday sentenced Deriyan Woodson, 27, of Orlando, Florida, to 16 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for interstate domestic violence.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Chief Melissa R. Hyatt of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Chief Gregory J. Der of the Howard County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, in May 2017, Woodson met a 17-year-old woman (Victim 1) on a social media platform and began communicating with Victim 1 through facetime, messaging apps and other social media platforms. Victim 1 was residing in Florida with his father at the time. Eventually, Victim 1 met Woodson in person and left his home in Florida to be with and date Woodson as a romantic partner.

According to police reports, Victim 1’s parents reported Victim 1 as a missing child in July 2017. From July 15, 2017 to July 21, 2017, Victim 1 stayed with Woodson at a hotel in Florida. Woodson knew she was on probation for assault stemming from a previous romantic relationship. Woodson also knew that Victim 1 was 17 at the time.

On July 21, 2017, Victim 1 left Florida and traveled unaccompanied to his mother’s home in Halethorpe, Maryland in a Greyhound bus. Victim 1 originally planned to complete high school in Maryland and then return to Florida to reside with Woodson. While on her way to Victim 1’s mother, Victim 1 kept in touch with Woodson on social media and other free texting apps.

Once Victim 1 arrived in Maryland, Woodson took control of Victim 1 and demanded that Victim 1 stay home and not interact with Victim 1’s friends. As a result, Victim 1 stopped communicating with Woodson. In response, Woodson demanded that Victim 1 return to Florida and excessively called Victim 1’s mother’s residence in Halethorpe, Maryland, where Victim 1 and Victim 1’s mother and grandmother resided. Victim 1’s mother ordered Woodson to stop communicating.

As noted in her plea agreement, the mother of Victim 1 reported Woodson’s excessive communications to Florida police. As a result, an officer from the Kissimmee Police Department unit wrote Woodson a letter demanding that Woodson cease all attempts to contact Victim 1 and warned Woodson that felony charges could follow based on ” Woodson’s story. In response, Woodson posted a redacted version of the letter on one of his social media accounts with a caption that included the phrase “How are you trying to put me in jail when my probation is in 3 days.”

On July 30, 2017, Woodson traveled from Orlando, Florida to Maryland where Woodson entered Victim 1’s residence and taped Victim 1’s grandmother’s hands together. When Woodson heard Victim 1 and a friend (Victim 2) enter the residence, Woodson confronted Victim 1 and Victim 2 with a handgun and a kitchen knife.

Woodson pointed the handgun at Victim 2 and ordered Victim 2 down to the basement. Woodson then pointed the gun at Victim 1’s head and ordered Victim 1 to get into Woodson’s car. Woodson then stabbed Victim 1 and assaulted Victim 1 with the gun. At some point during the night, Woodson forced Victim 1 out of his car in a residential area in Howard County where they ran on foot until they found a hotel in Elkridge, Maryland. Police later recovered Woodson’s gun and shoes from the area.

As detailed in his plea agreement, after a hotel employee observed Victim 1’s injuries, the employee contacted the police. Howard County Police Department (HCPD) officers arrived at the hotel and identified Victim 1 as a minor who had recently been reported missing. HCPD officers then arrested Woodson and transported Victim 1 to a hospital where she was treated for a fractured eye socket and multiple stab wounds to her head, hands and eyelid.

After Baltimore County Police Department officers read Woodson of her rights to Miranda, Woodson informed officers that she had driven from Orlando, Florida to Maryland to bring Victim 1 back to Florida. Woodson also claimed that Victim 1 voluntarily left the Halethorpe residence and that Victim 1 wanted to return to Florida. Woodson also informed OPCD officers that she had taped the hands of Victim 1’s grandmother together, that she had a gun and a knife, and that the weapons were already at the victim’s residence. 1.

Victim 1 then informed investigators that Woodson had at least two cell phones that she would contact her on. Investigators then executed a search warrant on one of Woodson’s cell phones and discovered a series of text messages between Woodson and Victim 1. The text messages directly contradicted Woodson’s claim that Victim 1 had asked Woodson to pick her up in Maryland and that Victim 1 wanted to return. in Florida with Woodson.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the BCPD, HCPD and the Kissimmee, Florida Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia C. McLane and LaRai N. Everett, who prosecuted the case.

For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and domestic violence resources, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/victim-witness-assistance.

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Lillian L. Pena