Commonwealth v. Michael Lashawn Brown

Commonwealth v. Michael Lashawn Brown

Pulaski County Circuit Court

Record Nos. 14.138, 14.139, 14.140

Case tried to a Jury by Travis H. Epes, Jr.

 

Two Aggravated Sexual Batteries, Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor; Serving 41 years

Michael Lashawn Brown married a lady that had two daughters by a previous marriage. They lived in Pulaski and Montgomery Counties for the first several years. Brown’s two step daughters were 12 and 14 when he started molesting them. Finally after several years going undetected, the younger child told her mother what Brown had been doing. When the older daughter confirmed that she had been molested too, the mother confronted Brown. At first he denied the accusations but eventually admitted to doing “what they said he did.” Brown left the home and moved in with his mother. He went on a drinking binge and was admitted to Lewis Gale Psychiatric Center for treatment. Upon his release, he was questioned by authorities about the allegations against him. He denied any inappropriate conduct and also denied any admissions to his wife. Brown was then indicted for two counts of rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery of the younger child and a single count of aggravated sexual battery of the older daughter.

In the Fall of 2014, a jury trial was held on the charges relating to the younger child. At the conclusion of the evidence, the jury found him not guilty on the two counts of rape but guilty on the two counts of aggravated sexual battery. The jury then imposed a sentence of 40 years on the two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Instead of trying the case against the older child, the defendant pled guilty to sexual battery and was sentenced to an additional year on that charge.

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