Jackson Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison under Project EJECT for Armed Robbery of Local Business
Jackson, Miss. – Stefan Brown, 21, of Jackson, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette to 108 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for robbing a local business and brandishing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.
On January 31, 2017, officers with the Jackson Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the International House of Pancakes ("IHOP") on Greenway Drive in Jackson. The victims reported, and surveillance video confirmed, that Brown entered the IHOP brandishing a firearm and demanding all of the money in their cash registers. The victims answered Brown’s demands and ran to hide in the restaurant freezer. Brown exited the business with $631.
Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 21, 2018 and pled guilty on January 9, 2019.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Candace Mayberry.
This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for "Empower Justice Expel Crime Together." PSN is bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing our offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.