United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown announced a 22-year prison sentence for a Mobile man who invaded the home of an elderly couple on Halls Mill Road, held them at gunpoint and stole their vehicle.
After Letrenton Napoleon Nickles, 29, pleaded guilty to several federal charges in June, U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Butler handed down a stiff sentence to the repeat offender earlier this week.Federal charges of carjacking, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and the prohibited possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were brought against Nickles after he robbed the couple in October of 2014.
The incident in question was reported to Mobile Police Department at 7 a.m. on Oct. 22, when the residents of a house near Halls Mill Road reported a home invasion and told police the robber had left in their family car.
“Nickles followed the female victim into the residence from a carport entrance, pointed a handgun at her and then ordered her to the ground in the living room,” a statement from Brown’s office reads. “When she screamed, her husband came to the living room and saw Nickles standing over his wife pointing a handgun at her. Nickles pointed the firearm at the husband and ordered him to lie down on the floor also.”
According to police, Nickles cursed at the old couple before demanding their car keys and money. Nickles took the female victim back to the bedroom at gunpoint to retrieve the car keys before leaving with the victims’ cell phones and vehicle.
Around 2 a.m. the next morning, officers of the MPD observed the stolen vehicle near Holcombe Avenue and Government Street. When officers attempted to stop Nickles, he fled at a high rate of speed.
MPD continue in pursuit until Nickles lost control and crashed the vehicle into a guardrail and then a power pole on Cottage Hill Road. At the time of the arrest, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol was recovered from inside the vehicle.
Nickles had previous felony convictions for manslaughter and possession of marijuana, which prohibited him for legally owning a firearm and added to numerous crimes was arrested for last October.
According to jail logs, he was initially charged by local authorities with reckless endangerment, attempting to elude officers, theft of property, two counts of robbery, resisting arrest, burglary, criminal mischief and the weapons charge.
Those charges were later consolidated in federal court as part of the plea agreement.