Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Man receives prison term in North Braddock killing


A Crafton Heights man will serve nine to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to third-degree murder.

Jamir Brown, 19, admitted to killing Desmond Nowlin, 21, on June 9, 2015, in North Braddock.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Mr. Nowlin was found in front of Fas Market in the 600 block of Jones Avenue that evening.

A witness told police that a gray or silver SUV had been circling the block between Jones and Baldridge avenues several times before the passenger of the vehicle began shooting at Mr. Nowlin in the 700 block of Baldridge Avenue. He ran toward the market and then collapsed. He had been struck twice.

The witness recognized the shooter and was able to pick Brown out of a photo array, police said.

In addition to the homicide count, Brown also pleaded guilty to two firearms counts.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Philip A. Ignelzi ordered Brown to serve five years of probation after completing his prison term.

The case originally proceeded by grand jury, and Brown was indicted in July 2015.

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