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Brooklyn man sentenced to 43 years for convenience store robberies

December 2, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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On Wednesday, in Brooklyn Federal Court, Elgin Brack was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano to 43 years in prison for his role in the armed robberies of four convenience stores in Queens.  

Elgin Brack was convicted after a two-week trial in March 2020 of three counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and three counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  

As part of his sentence, the court also ordered Elgin Brack to pay $1,264,536.86 in restitution.  Elgin Brack’s co-defendant, his uncle Scott Brack, pleaded guilty in November 2019 for his participation in the robbery conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.

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During the early morning of Nov. 26, 2018, Elgin Brack robbed at gunpoint a Duane Reade store, a 7-Eleven and two Rite-Aid stores.  During each robbery, he pretended to make a purchase.  When the store employee opened the cash register drawer to complete the sale, Brack brandished a .357 Magnum revolver, pointed it at the cashier and demanded money.  

During the first robbery, the defendant shot the Duane Reade store clerk in the hand and the head and then fled empty-handed.  The victim survived the shooting.  After each robbery, Elgin Brack was picked up by a getaway car driven by his uncle and co-defendant Scott Brack.   

U.S. District Judge Eric Vitaliano, EDNY. Eagle file photo

Breon Peace, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York; John B. DeVito, special agent-in-charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New York Division (ATF); and Dermot F. Shea, commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the sentence.

“With today’s sentence, the defendant is deservedly punished for brutally shooting an innocent employee in the head and hand, and for committing violent armed robberies of convenience stores that jeopardized the safety of innocent people,” said U.S. Attorney Peace.  

“Our NYPD officers work tirelessly to prevent and fight the kind of violent crime that threatens the fabric of life for everyone in our city. This sentence today strengthens our commitment to the public and highlights the joint work of our NYPD officers, law enforcement partners and prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York in achieving a measure of justice in this case,” said NYPD Commissioner Shea.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  As part of the program, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and their local communities to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan Siegel and Jonathan P. Lax are in charge of the prosecution.  Assistant United States Attorney Tanisha R. Payne of the Office’s Asset Recovery Section is handling the forfeiture matters.

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