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Man accused of robbing multiple East Texas businesses faces up to 20 years in prison

Jonathan Roshard Brown mugshot. (Source: Cherokee Co. sheriff) Jonathan Roshard Brown mugshot. (Source: Cherokee Co. sheriff)

An East Texas man has pleaded guilty in connection with a violent crime spree targeting local businesses.

Jonathan Roshard Brown, 22, pleaded guilty to interfering with interstate commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act conspiracy) and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence today before U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell.

Information presented in court showed that Brown and three others conspired to commit robbery which "unlawfully obstructed delayed and affected commerce in violation of federal law." According to the evidence presented in court, the four committed four armed robberies in Jacksonville during a crime spree which began on October 2, 2011. This is when they say Brown and two others stole nearly $10,000 from the Walmart located in Jacksonville.

Then, on November 2, 2012, Brown and two others robbed the Razorback Grocery on Highway 69 in Jacksonville, according to evidence. Brown brandished a handgun and demanded money from the owner, the prosecutor said. Razorback Grocery lost approximately $16,000 in cash and nearly $7,000 in Texas lottery tickets.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney John Bales, on Nov. 16, 2012, Brown and two others again robbed the owner of the Razorback Grocery while he was waiting in the commercial drive-thru line at the Austin Bank on West Commerce Street in Jacksonville. During the robbery Brown fired a handgun, striking the victim. The bullet passed through the victim’s hand, throat and shoulder. The victim survived after being airlifted to a Tyler hospital. The defendants obtained an undetermined amount of cash from the victim’s vehicle. The armed robbery resulted in the closure of Razorback Grocery and the temporary closure of Austin Bank. Also, on Nov. 23, 2012, Brown and another person attempted to rob the owner of the Fast Fuel on Hwy 69 in Jacksonville. The owner was able to strike Brown and flee.

Bales says Brown faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the Hobbs Act violation, and a minimum of ten years in federal prison for the firearms violation. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the FBI East Texas Gang Initiative and the Jacksonville Police Department with assistance from the Cherokee DA's office.

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