Lincoln man sentenced for role in six armed robberies

A 27-year-old Lincoln man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his roles in six armed robberies.

Shawn Brooks, 27, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison Friday by Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard.

In addition to the 480 months of imprisonment, Brooks will be placed on 8 years of supervised release when he finishes his sentence, and he will be required to pay $2,271 in restitution to all six victims of his crimes. Brooks was convicted by a federal jury of thirteen counts of robbery and gun charges on January 10, 2019.

Brooks was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit robbery; five counts of interference with commerce by robbery; one count of bank robbery; and six counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The jury also found that Brooks should receive a sentence enhancement on three of the firearms count. Brooks received two sentence enhancements for brandishing a firearm and one sentence enhancement for discharging a firearm during and in furtherance of a bank robbery. Brooks faced up to life in prison following the jury’s verdict.

Evidence presented at trial showed that between November 29, 2016, and December 30, 2016, Brooks and his co-defendant, Marcus Remus, robbed one bank and five convenience stores, all in Lincoln. In three of those robberies, Brooks brandished a firearm at employees of the businesses. At the bank robbery, he also fired the weapon multiple times in the direction of bank employees. Remus shot one of the gas station clerks in their final robbery at a convenience store on December 30, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.