Man Gets 30-Year Prison Sentence For Casino Robbery That Turned Violent

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Approximately 5:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the 500 block of Wyeth Street to investigate a reported shooting in Washington Village/Pigtown. At the scene, the responding officers located two men, one had lacerations on his head, face and hands and another man had a gunshot wound to the buttocks. Both men were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The investigation revealed that the men had met two women at the Horsehoe Casino and agreed to go to a residence in the 1000 block of Sterrett Street. Surveillance footage from the casino showed the men being approached the two women about 40 minutes prior to the group leaving the area. Previous footage showed the women arriving at the casino with two men – one was later identified as Andrew Brown.

PrisonOnce inside the residence, Brown and an associate entered and brandished a handgun, pointing it toward the victims who sitting on a sofa. Brown fired a shot into the sofa and a struggle ensued, but the victims were able to flee to safety.

Brown was later convicted of using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and two counts of attempted armed robbery. One of the women was later identified as Sharlene Cromwell. She was charged with conspiracy to commit armed murder and sentenced to 12 years in prison, with all but three years suspended.

On Thursday, Brown was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with all suspended but 20 years.

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