Today a jury delivered a guilty verdict in the case against Joshua Brown, one of three individuals involved in the 2006 Madison market hold up that left two clerks dead.
The jury deliberated for less than a half hour before finding Brown guilty of two counts of felony murder, one court of attempted especially aggravated robbery and one count of attempted first degree murder. He will serve an automatic life sentence.
In December of 2006, a then 20-year old Brown, Rokisha Alderson, 16, and Robin Betts, 18, allegedly held up the AM/PM Discount Tobacco Store on Gallatin Road. In the course of the robbery, Alderson and Brown killed the Egyptian immigrants who owned the store, Bishouy Hanna, 24, and Salama Estfanous, 23, while Betts waited in a getaway car. A third victim, customer James Lee Rayburn, was shot but survived.
In January of 2008, Alderson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for her part in the incident.
Brown will automatically receive a life sentence, but the jury will decide whether it will be with or without the possibility of parole.
According to Davidson County District Attorney Office representative Susan Niland, the third defendant pleaded guilty to facilitation of murder. He is serving a 60-year sentence.