Man pleads guilty to carjacking nun at gunpoint

Washington Post

A District of Columbia man charged with pointing a loaded gun at a nun's head and stealing her minivan last month pleaded guilty Monday to carjacking and carrying a pistol without a weapon.

As part of the plea deal, Brandon Brown, 20, faces between seven and 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 13 by D.C. Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo.

Prosecutors say that around 6:45 p.m. on April 9 in the Brookland neighborhood, the victim, wearing her full habit, was walking to retrieve something out of the minivan in a parking lot in the 1300 block of Quincy Street NE. Brown, who wore a bandana over his face, walked up to her, pointed a loaded .22-caliber pistol at her and demanded the keys, prosecutors said.

The nun gave Brown her keys and, according to court documents, told him, "God bless you."

Brown was arrested a short time later and admitted to stealing the vehicle. Brown told police he heard the nun's words to him at the time but did not realize his victim was a nun, thinking that she was "just real religious."

Brown told detectives he stole the woman's car because he did not have enough money to catch a nearby Metro train, authorities said.

A woman at the Northeast convent where the nun lives said the nun declined to comment on the incident. Before hanging up the phone, the woman then told a reporter, "May God bless you."

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