Guilty of Elden Street Assault

Guilty of Elden Street Assault

One juvenile pleads guilty; another requests new attorney.

Carl Kenneth Prioleau, 17, pled guilty Tuesday to his role in the malicious wounding of two Hispanic teenagers on Elden Street on Jan. 14, 2004.

In a plea hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court, Herndon Police detective S. T. Pihonak reported that Prioleau said that co-defendant Derrick Battle, 16 at the time, called Prioleau to let him know he was involved in an altercation on Alabama Drive on Jan. 14, 2004.

"They asked him to bring a bat," Pihonak said.

When Prioleau and his cousin arrived at the scene, Prioleau gave Battle a black aluminum bat that Battle used to beat the two victims, according to testimony from Pihonak and arguments from Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Murphy.

Pihonak testified that Prioleau told police, after his arrest, that he punched and kicked the two victims and the group of five juveniles kicked the second victim as a group.

The 17-year-old victim was beaten with the bat so severely that he was air lifted to a local hospital and spent "two to three weeks in critical condition, suffering pretty substantial injuries to the head," Pihonak said.

According to police press releases, the 16-year-old victim also was treated for head and upper torso injuries.

The assault occurred at the 1000 block of Elden Street, near the end of Dulles Park shopping center on the sidewalk at Alabama Drive, according to police reports.

<b>THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE</b> Prioleau could receive for pleading guilty to causing bodily injury with intent to maim is 20 years in prison and a fine of $100,000. The minimum sentence — if he is sentenced as an adult — would be five years in prison.

But both Murphy and Prioleau's defense attorney, Leda Gottleib, said the judge has the option to sentence him as a juvenile. Gottleib said she will file her arguments, explaining why she thinks that should be done in Prioleau's case.

Prioleau, who was remanded back to the juvenile detention center, is scheduled to be sentenced in late April.

Battle requested to be appointed another attorney in a court hearing on March 14. Battle is scheduled to have a status conference in Fairfax Circuit Court later this week.