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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Four Armed Commercial Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Phillip Thomas McGowans, age 27, of Brooklyn, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for robbery. Judge Bennett also entered an order that McGowans pay $2,214.60 in restitution.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department; Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams; and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.

According to his plea agreement, on July 25, 2014, McGowans pointed a handgun at an employee at the Village Liquors store in Brooklyn, Maryland and demanded money.  McGowans fled with $800. On August 11, 2014, McGowan again robbed the same liquor store, pointing a handgun at employees.  McGowan fled with $1,149, a bottle of vodka and cigarettes.

McGowan also robbed the New York Fried Chicken store on East Patapsco in Baltimore City on August 19 and 30, 2014.  On both occasions, he pointed a weapon at an employee.  He fled with $200 on the first occasion and an undetermined amount on the second robbery.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Anne Arundel County and Baltimore Ciy Police Departments, FBI, and Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Offices for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Bonnie S. Greenberg and Michael Hanlon, who prosecuted the case.

Updated October 21, 2015

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