Local men sentenced to prison in pawn shop armed robbery case
Co-conspirators stole 27 guns, 200 pieces of jewelry
COLUMBUS, OH (STL.News) Two Columbus men were sentenced in U.S. District Court for their roles in the March 2020 armed robbery of a local pawn shop.
De’onte Peoples, 19, and Demetrius E. Braxton, 23, each previously pleaded guilty to one count each of robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Braxton was sentenced today to 74 months in prison and Peoples last week to 76 months in prison.
According to court documents, it was Peoples’ idea to commit a robbery at Lev’s Pawn Shop, a federal firearms licensee located on Morse Road. Peoples and Braxton drove to the pawn shop around 2pm on March 5, 2020 in Peoples’ vehicle.
Peoples and Braxton entered the store carrying firearms and wearing face masks and plastic bags over their shoes. Peoples also carried a black suitcase. The defendants brandished their firearms and demanded three pawn shop employees fill their suitcases with firearms and jewelry from the store’s display cases.
While the robbery was in progress, a customer walked into the pawn shop.