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Thursday, August 11, 2016

North Las Vegas Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For 2011 Robbery Of Convenience Store/Gas Station With Shotgun

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A North Las Vegas man with a violent criminal history who robbed a Las Vegas convenience store and gas station with a long-barreled shotgun in the summer of 2011, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon to 30 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada. 

Tracey Brown, 40, was convicted by a jury in 2015 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.  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.

“We focus our federal prosecutions of persons who are committing commercial store robberies on those who have prior serious felony convictions,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “These persons 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 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. Attorney Daniel J. Cowhig.

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated August 11, 2016