A Lusby man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for his part in a robbery on November 10 of last year at the Ruby Tuesday in California. On Monday Jamar Brown, 22, was sentenced by Judge Michael Stamm after a hearing in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court.
The judge sentenced Brown to four years, the maximum for the crime of robbery under Maryland guidelines, but suspended all but 18 months of the sentence and gave him credit for the 276 days he has already served. He will be on three years’ supervised probation after release.
Brown and two co-defendants, D’andre Claggett, 22, of North Beach and Duane Jones, 25, of Dunkirk were all also charged with armed robbery but all have pled guilty to the lesser crime of robbery. Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling said the weapon used in the robbery was never recovered.
Sterling credited the work by the St. Mary’s and Calvert County sheriff’s departments with closing the case. According to police reports two of the men entered the restaurant after closing wearing ski masks and demanded money from the store manager. The third man waited outside in a getaway car.
Brown was a former employee of the restaurant. Sterling told Judge Stamm that the manager was deeply upset about the incident because he had befriended Brown while he was working there, including driving him to and from work. The co-defendants had not worked at the restaurant.
Brown apologized to the victim and told the judge, “I am deeply sorry.”
Brown was represented by attorney Todd Steuart of Upper Marlboro.
The judge also ordered Brown to pay restitution for the more than $1,700 stolen during the robbery.
Claggett is scheduled to be sentenced on September 25th. Jones’ sentencing has not yet been scheduled.