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Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Robbery in Grocery Store Gaming Area

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November 18, 2009

Las Vegas, Nev. – A man who robbed and repeatedly threatened to kill an elderly slot attendant in the gaming area of an Albertson's grocery store in Las Vegas on Christmas Eve 2008, was sentenced today to seven years in prison, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Deandre Nakita Brown, 26, of Las Vegas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson. Brown pleaded guilty in August to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. According to the plea agreement, on December 24, 2008, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Brown entered the gaming area of the Albertson's Grocery Store at 1650 N. Buffalo, and pointed a gun at the 70-year-old female slot attendant's head and ordered her to give him money. The defendant fled the store with about $1,200 in cash, which contained a tracking device that enabled Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers to track Brown to a vehicle in the parking lot of the Texas Station Casino. As officers approached the vehicle, Brown ran into the casino's parking garage and tossed a firearm out of his possession along the way. Brown was apprehended in the parking garage and found to be in possession of the stolen money.

In June 2005, Brown was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to 57 months in prison for robbing five banks in the Las Vegas area in 2004. At the time Brown committed the robbery at Albertson's, he was on federal supervised release and had only been out of federal prison for a few months. He is scheduled for a supervised release revocation hearing on Monday, November 23, 2009, at 9:00 am, at which he faces another three years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Drew Smith.

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