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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New York Man Sentenced To Life Plus 20 Years For 2012 White Jewelers Robbery

HARRISBURG-The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jesse Brewer, 41, of Jamaica, New York was sentenced today to life imprisonment plus 20 years by the Honorable William W. Caldwell for Brewer’s convictions of robbery and firearms offenses following a September 2015 jury trial.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the jury convicted Brewer of robbing White Jewelers in York, PA with a firearm on July 12, 2012.  Brewer, along with Jamell Smallwood and Timothy Forbes, robbed the store of more than fifty Rolex watches valued at over $500,000.  In the course of the robbery, Brewer shot the owner of the store, permanently disabling him.  Co-defendant Jamell Smallwood of Allentown, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty previously and was sentenced to 17 years for his role in this robbery.  Timothy Forbes of Allentown, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the York Area Regional Police Department, with assistance from the Allentown Police Department and the New York City Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

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Updated February 24, 2016