Man Who Robbed Las Vegas Mini-Mart Convicted By Jury
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A convicted felon who robbed a Las Vegas mini-mart in July 2011 using a long-barreled shotgun, was convicted by a federal jury today of robbery and firearm counts and faces up to 34 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.
Following a four-day jury trial, Tracey Brown, 40, of North Las Vegas, Nev., was convicted of one count of interference with commerce by robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Brown is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. A co-defendant, Teshae Gallon, pleaded guilty in 2013 to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and was sentenced to three years in prison.
“There are strong penalties in the federal system for felons who are convicted of possessing and using firearms in crimes of violence and for drug trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Through our Project Safe Neighborhood initiative, we meet with local law enforcement regularly to review the cases involving repeat violent offenders to determine if they are more appropriately handled in the federal system, where there is no parole.”
According to court records and trial testimony, on July 26, 2011, Brown, armed with a long-barrel shotgun, robbed a gas station mini-mart located on S. Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas. After robbing the store, Brown got into a getaway car driven by Gallon. Their vehicle was stopped a short while later, and Brown fled. Brown was apprehended when a canine dog found him hiding under a bush.
Brown has six prior violent felony convictions in Nevada. In 1994, he was convicted of burglary and grand larceny auto while possessing a shotgun. In 2000, he was convicted of burglary with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon, as well as conspiracy to commit robbery. In 2010, he was convicted of robbery. In 2015, he was convicted of multiple counts of first degree kidnapping, burglary with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary and robbery.
This case was investigated by the FBI, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the Las Vegas Deputy City Marshal Unit as part of the Safe Streets Task Force and Project Safe Neighborhoods program. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel J. Cowhig and Crane M. Pomerantz.