Career criminal sentenced to 33 years for high-speed chase, beating officer
Jamal Brown, 36, had 8 prior convictions
Last Updated: 259 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A dangerous career criminal will spend the next three decades behind bars.
A federal judge sentenced Jamel Brown, 36, Monday for a high-speed chase that ended with Brown beating a police officer and threatening four people with a gun.
The judge called Brown a one-man terrorist. She said drugs turned him into a predator and a menace to society.
Brown said he was hopped up on crack cocaine when he led police on the high-speed chase that reached speeds of 90 mph. He crashed when he reached the Value Place hotel.
Officer Joshua Fritsche was in hot pursuit of Brown, who tried to enter the hotel but was thwarted by a security door.
Fritsche ordered Brown to surrender, but when he didn't Fritsche fired electric probes at Brown. That stopped him momentarily, but then he got up and began to beat the officer.
"You have a person on top of you repeatedly hitting you while you can't defend yourself. I'm going to be mindful of Mr. Brown, every day for the rest of my life. I will never forget Jamel Brown," Fritsche said.
Neither will hotel staff members, who chased Brown after he fled the building.
Brandon McKee and his maintenance man Andrew Spears were in pursuit when Brown turned and pointed a gun at them. It clicked twice, but no shots were fired.
"It was a very traumatic experience," McKee said. "I'm a father of six kids. What went through my head was this could be my last day."
At the time of the crime, Brown was on parole for three separate robberies, including one at a convenience store. He had eight prior convictions for violent crime.
The judge sentenced him to 400 months, which is more than 33 years, for this last crime.
"The sentences are stiffer in federal court than can be achieved in state court," said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett. "That's why we are attempting to take the worst of the worst off the street by federal prosecution."
That sentence is a point of contention.
"It is a little on the high side, and (Brown) indicated a desire to appeal and we will probably be appealing that," said Brown's attorney Michael Donahoe.
Fritsche suffered severe headaches and memory loss from the beating and missed 56 days of work
He has returned to duty and said he will continue to serve the community.
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