LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – A 22-year-old Los Angeles gang member has been sentenced to 402 months in federal prison for his conviction on two armed robbery charges.
Sylas Glenn Brownridge was sentenced Monday afternoon by United States District Judge A. Howard Matz.
Brownridge was a member of a robbery crew comprised of members and associates of a set of the Rolling 30’s Crips. The robbery crew committed a series of armed robberies of businesses and banks over a six-week period in 2004. The targets included a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles, located at 1728 South Western Avenue, and Houston’s Jewelry Store, located at 5923 South Broadway, in Los Angeles. In both of these robberies, Brownridge carried a firearm and pointed it at employees.
Brownridge pleaded guilty in November 2005 to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Several other members of this robbery crew were also prosecuted. They include:
● Anthony Gardner, 27, who was sentenced to 312 months in prison for his role in organizing the armed robberies;
● Edward Coleman, 28, who was sentenced to 312 months in prison for his role in organizing the armed robberies;
● Brandon Neal, 23, who was sentenced to 155 months in prison for his participation in a Redondo Beach bank robbery and another armed robbery in a related case;
● Jerry McClendon, 23, who was sentenced to 113 months in prison for his participation in a Redondo Beach bank robbery; and
● Ronald Woods, 21, who was sentenced to 108 months in prison for his participation in the Houston’s Jewelry Store robbery.
The charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison, and the second count carries a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 25 years, meaning that Brownridge could not have receive a sentence of less than 32 years.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles Police Department.
CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth R. Yang
Release No. 07-061