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Man pleads guilty to murdering man during robbery, using light rail to escape

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A man accused of fatally shooting a 65-year-old man during a robbery and using the light rail to get away has plead guilty.

Stacey Dejon Brown, 22, was sentenced to approximately 27-36 years in prison for the October 2012 murder of Robert Heym.

Investigators say Brown and another man, Rodderick Derrick Crawford, tried to rob and then shot Heym.

Police tracked Brown and Crawford down with the help of Brown's girlfriend, according to a 2012 warrant.

She told police she'd given Brown her brown backpack and saw him put the murder weapon, a sawed off shotgun, inside.

The warrant also said she also told detectives Brown had to "stash the backpack on 'the Southside' after trying to rob someone". Brown also "said he shot the guy" after the victim put up a fight and "both [suspects] then took the light rail back to the transit center."

Heym's cell phone was found near the Scaleybark light rail station on South Boulevard.

Officers on patrol heard gunshots from about a block away and found Heym with a gunshot wound.

Brown entered a guilty plea on Thursday in Mecklenburg County court.

Brown pled guilty to second-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and breaking or entering a motor vehicle.

The charges stem from Heym's murder and two other incidents.

The first occurred in July 2012 when Brown and another person used bricks to break into vehicles in a parking garage.

The day before Heym's was murdered, Brown, Roderick Crawford and Joshwah Townsend robbed a man on West Boulevard in Charlotte. Brown held the victim at gunpoint with a shotgun while Townsend took the victim's belongings.

When the victim ran, Brown shot him in the back. The victim suffered serious injuries but survived.

Roderick Crawford previously pled guilty to two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Townsend, 24, pled guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to 17-33 months in prison.

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