December 14, 2018
A Houston man, who has already been sent to prison twice, was sentenced Friday to 30 years for the robbing two men at gunpoint, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
Following a three-day trial, Jermaine Rodrick Brown, 26, was convicted by a jury of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.
He chose to be sentenced by a judge instead of the jury. Because of his two prior felony convictions, Brown faced 25 years to life.
The robbery unfolded in the early morning hours of December 2017.
Two old friends from college were bidding farewell in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Winsome Lane.
Brown and another man came out of the shadows. “You know what this is,” one man said to the two friends, as he pointed a handgun at them.
Brown patted them down and took their cell phones and one of the men’s wallets. Brown ordered both men to lay on the ground.
One of them men who was robbed recalled for jurors how all he could think about during the robbery was remaining calm and reminding himself that nothing material was worth dying for.
“This was a robbery at gun point in the middle of the night,” Assistant District Attorney Stephany Urrea said. “This was just a trigger pull away from murder, all for two cell phones and a $20 bill.”
Shortly after Brown as his accomplice fled from the parking lot, they were arrested during a traffic stop by Houston Police. Officers found a loaded handgun in the car being driven by Brown, and one of the victim’s cell phones in his pocket. The other victim’s phone was in his passenger’s pocket.
The other robber, Deaundra Dewayne Davis, 34, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon earlier this year.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.