Man sentenced to 3 years in prison after conviction in Lawrence laundromat robbery

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

A man with multiple previous felony convictions picked up two more in Douglas County — one from an armed robbery at a laundromat — and is being sent back to prison for more than three years.

Andre R. Brown, 30, was sentenced to 40 months in prison Friday in Douglas County District Court. Judge Kay Huff said that would be followed by a year of post-release supervision.

She said Brown was on parole in a Shawnee County case when he was charged with the new crimes, and that his new sentence would be in addition to any prison time he owes for parole violations.

Brown previously pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession with a firearm, in connection with the laundromat robbery, and possession of methamphetamine in a separate drug case.

The robbery was reported to police just before 5:40 a.m. May 24, 2017, at Frank’s Corner Coin Laundry, 1215 W. Sixth St.

Brown was charged in 2018 with one count of aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing someone while armed with a gun, taking $150 cash, according to the complaint. He also was charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, for allegedly texting a co-conspirator about the time and place the robbery was to occur. Those charges were dropped in his plea agreement.

Brown served prison time for three aggravated robberies he committed in 2008 in Shawnee County, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records. He also has a 2007 conviction for being a felon in possession of a gun in Shawnee County.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd

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