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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Las Vegas Couple Pleads Guilty To Violent Armed Carjackings

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas couple pleaded guilty to two violent armed carjackings, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.

Former felon Uriah Zamir Crain, 28, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to carjacking, carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm. Nicole Elizabeth Nowak, 23, also of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to carjacking, carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. United States District Judge Richard F. Boulware II accepted their guilty pleas. Sentencing is scheduled for March 8, 2018.

According to the criminal complaint and their individual plea agreements, on June 22, 2017, after striking up a conversation with the victim at Hayat Liquor, Nowak asked the victim to drive her home and invited the victim into the house. Later that night at the house, Crain and another man hit the victim in the head with handguns, which resulted in injury, and stole the victim’s money, wallet, and Ford F-150 truck. Then, on June 25, Crain and Nowak committed a second carjacking. Crain shot the victim in the leg, which resulted in serious bodily injury, and Crain and Nowak then stole the victim’s Lincoln Navigator truck and other property belonging to the victim. At the time of his arrest, Crain had a Glock 9mm handgun and a 30-round Glock magazine in his possession.

At the time of sentencing, the statutory maximum penalty for carjacking is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; the maximum penalty for carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury is 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; the minimum penalty for discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence is 10 years in prison with a maximum penalty of up to life in prison; the minimum penalty for brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence is seven years in prison with a maximum penalty of up to life in prison; and the maximum penalty for felon in possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Phillip N. Smith Jr. and Alexandra Michael are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide commitment by the Department of Justice to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.

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Updated December 7, 2017