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CARJACKERS SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON

November 21, 1998

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Two Topeka carjackers who followed a 19-year-old Kansas University student home -- beating and robbing him of his vehicle at gunpoint -- are headed to federal prison with no chance of parole.

Federal Judge Richard D. Rogers sentenced Lenard Chauncy Dixon, 19, to 10 years, three months in federal prison on Friday. Carl Laneill Brown, 20, received a sentence of 34 years and two months in prison from Rogers on Thursday. They were convicted on Aug. 31.

Brown and Dixon are members of the "Folks" gang in Topeka, according to statements made in a Topeka federal court room. On Dec. 28, 1997, Brown, Dixon and Kyree McClelland followed the KU student from Tremors Night Club, 729 N.H., to his home in the 1500 block of East 19th.

When the victim parked the 1997 Ford Explorer in his driveway, Brown, Dixon and McClelland blocked him in. Brown and Dixon robbed and beat the student at gunpoint, according to testimony.

Brown and Dixon left, with McClelland following in the stolen Explorer. Lawrence police arrested the three men on their way back to Topeka.

Brown was convicted of conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking, two counts of using a firearm during the carjacking, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Dixon was convicted of conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking, and one count of using a firearm during the carjacking.

McClelland pleaded guilty to robbery in Douglas County District Court and was sentenced to six months in a boot camp, followed by three years' probation.

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