Lincoln Man Found Guilty of Robbery and Gun Charges
United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced today that Shawn Brooks, age 27, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was convicted by a federal jury in Lincoln of thirteen counts of robbery and firearm-related charges. Brooks was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit robbery; five counts of interference with commerce by robbery; one count of bank robbery; and six counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The jury also found that Brooks should receive a sentence enhancement on three of the firearms count. Brooks received two sentence enhancements for brandishing a firearm and one sentence enhancement for discharging a firearm during and in furtherance of a bank robbery. The case was heard before Chief United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard. Brooks is facing up to life in prison. His sentencing hearing is set for April 12, 2019.
Evidence presented at trial showed that between November 29, 2016, and December 30, 2016, Shawn Brooks and his co-defendant, Marcus Remus, robbed one bank and five convenience stores, all in Lincoln, Nebraska. In three of those robberies, Shawn Brooks brandished a firearm at employees of the businesses. At the bank robbery, he also fired the weapon multiple times in the direction of bank employees. Marcus Remus shot one of the gas station clerks in their final robbery at a convenience store on December 30, 2016.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department and the FBI.