Man accused of robbing drug dealer in Saline gets 3-15 years
The 18-year-old man accused of robbing a drug dealer at a Saline apartment complex nearly two years ago was sentenced in the Washtenaw County Trial Court Thursday to spend up to 15 years in prison.
James Brewer was sentenced by Judge David Swartz to 2 to 4 years on a count of assault with a dangerous weapon and 3 to 15 years on an unarmed robbery charge. The terms will run concurrently.
Brewer briefly apologized to the court when given the opportunity to speak.
On May 9, Brewer pleaded no contest to the charges, according to court records. An additional assault with a dangerous weapon charge and two counts of armed robbery were dismissed.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred almost two years ago at the Six Trails Apartment Complex in Saline. As AnnArbor.com previously reported, the delay was caused by Brewer missing his court date and a bench warrant being issued.
Police said Brewer worked with Emily Beach to rob a drug dealer in July 2011. Beach called the dealer to set up a drug deal and when the man went outside to wait for her, four men approached him, one of whom punched him in the head, according to police. One man pointed a gun at the dealer, his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s mother while another man searched through the dealer’s pockets. Witnesses testified Brewer was not the man with the gun at a preliminary exam in November 2011.
At the time of the exam, Brewer was free on a 10 percent of a $75,000 bond. He was still free on bond when he didn’t show up for a court hearing April 5, 2012. Brewer didn’t show up again in court until Feb. 14, when he was arrested and arraigned on a bench warrant, according to court records.
He subsequently was held at the Washtenaw County Jail on a $150,000 cash or surety bond.