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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Two Men Indicted for Armed Carjacking in Milwaukee

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger announced today that Jack Clayborne (Age: 30) and Sylvance Brown (Age: 43) have been indicted for an attempted armed carjacking in Milwaukee.  Both defendants were charged with one count of motor vehicle robbery causing serious bodily injury, one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.  Those charges relate to a July 7, 2016, attempted carjacking on Hampton Avenue in Milwaukee, in which the victim was shot by the assailants.  Clayborne and Brown were previously charged with the same crimes by criminal complaint on March 22, 2018.  A third defendant, Eric Booker, was also convicted of participating in the attempted armed carjacking after a jury trial in January of 2017.

Clayborne and Brown each face up to 25 years in prison for the carjacking, a minimum mandatory consecutive sentence of 10 years to life in prison on the brandishing count, and up to 10 years in prison on the firearm possession count.  Booker has already been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the July 2016 crime.

In response to the indictment, United States Attorney Krueger stated, “If convicted, the defendants will face at least 10 years—and likely more—in federal prison.  The United States Attorney’s Office, in partnership with law enforcement agencies, is committed to prosecuting gun violence aggressively.” 

This case is being investigated and prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative.  PSN is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. The PSN strategy brings together all levels of law enforcement and community resources to reduce violent crime and improve the quality of life in all our neighborhoods.  This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Milwaukee Area Violent Crimes Task Force and the Milwaukee Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca Taibleson.

The public is cautioned that an indictment is merely a charge and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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For additional information contact:

Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig, 414-297-1700

Updated May 16, 2018