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Md. man sentenced 35 years for armed carjacking, robbery

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Byron Govan (Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office) Byron Govan (Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office)

"It happened in a flash."

Molly Hauck says she will never forget September 27, 2012.

While depositing checks at a Wells Fargo Bank in Rockville, an armed man stole her car, her purse and valuables along with it.

"He cashed my checks in Waldorf,” she says. “They were retrieved and I got my money back. Then he used my car to hold up a Rite Aid in Annapolis at gunpoint."

Police say 28-year-old Byron Govan kept Hauck's car for more than a month. It was his getaway vehicle during his one-man crime spree.

"So then he decides he shouldn't use my car anymore, so he torches it," Hauck says. "A brand new Prius."

Govan might have continued his crime wave, but he slipped up, giving his phone number to a woman at a bar and police were able to track him down.

He pled guilty to numerous charges and was sentenced to 35 years behind bars.

In court, Hauck got to confront the man who shattered her sense of security.

"I said, ‘You scared me. I didn't know what you were going to next, if you would shoot me,’" she told him.

Authorities say at the rate Govan was going, it was only a matter of time before someone got hurt.

"He's a menace to society, but he's off the street now because of this prosecution," says Ramon Korionoff, spokesperson for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

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