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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Husband And Wife Plead Guilty To Armed Robbery

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jacorian Rashawn Brown (24) and Jessica Duenas Nicholas (45), both of Brandon, today pleaded guilty to conspiracy and armed robbery. Brown also pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm during an armed robbery. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison, and Nicholas faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

 

According to the plea agreements, on July 9, 2016, Brown and Nicholas robbed the Murphy USA gas station in Wimauma of more than $10,000. On July 19, 2016, the couple attempted to rob the Murphy USA gas station in Gibsonton but were unsuccessful. On July 23, 2016, Brown and Nicholas returned to the Wimauma gas station to attempt another robbery. However, they were arrested before the robbery could take place. Investigators recovered two semi-automatic pistols and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition from inside their vehicle.

 

This case was investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.

Topic: 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated February 16, 2017