FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - August 16, 2011
GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today REGINALD LOVE BROWN, 36, of Henderson, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge James C. Dever III, for his role in a robbery committed on May 20, 2008. BROWN was sentenced to a life term plus 40 years of imprisonment. A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 15, 2010, charging BROWN with conspiring to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery, committing a robbery which interfered with interstate commerce, both in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c). On April 28, 2011, following a three-day trial, a jury convicted BROWN of all counts.
The investigation revealed that on May 20, 2008, BROWN met with Augustus “Gus” Hawkins, the leader of a gang in Henderson, North Carolina, and three other individuals in order to plan and organize the robbery of a residence located at Alexander Avenue in Henderson, North Carolina. This residence was well known as a location that sold crack cocaine. Just prior to the robbery, Hawkins had a family member conduct surveillance on the residence to establish how many people were located inside. BROWN and the three other robbers left Hawkins’ residence to conduct the robbery and broke into the residence. The evidence revealed that, upon entry into the target residence, BROWN shot a victim and restrained others in the residence while all the robbers searched for cocaine and money. When members of the Henderson Police Department arrived, BROWN escaped by jumping through a window and running through the woods. The other robbers were arrested at the scene. All of the robbers were to meet back at Hawkins’ residence after the robbery to split any proceeds.
On June 21, 2011, Hawkins was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment for his role in planning the robbery.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Henderson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.
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