RENO, Nev. – A former felon was indicted today for using a firearm during a carjacking in Sparks, Nev., announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.
Andrew Brigman, 28, of Layton, Utah, was charged with one count each of carjacking, use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm.
According to allegations in the indictment, on July 6, 2017, Brigman brandished a semiautomatic pistol and used force and violence to steal a 2012 Nissan Altima from a person. He is also charged with illegal possession of the firearm used during the alleged carjacking after a prior felony conviction.
The maximum statutory penalty is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for carjacking; the maximum statutory penalty is life in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years that must run consecutive to the carjacking charge and a $250,000 fine for use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for felon in possession of a firearm.
The case is being investigated by the Sparks Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Rachow.
An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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