For Immediate Release
Queens Man Sentenced to More Than 14 Years' Imprisonment for Six Armed Robberies in Weekend Spree
Defendant Targeted Gas Stations and a Convenience Store in Queens
Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Sean Jack was sentenced by United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly to 176 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by two years’ supervised release, for his participation in the gunpoint robberies of six gas stations and a convenience store in Queens, New York. In July 2018, Jack pleaded guilty to all charges pending against him.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, John B. Devito, Special Agent-in-Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New York Field Division (ATF), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the sentence.
“Six times in two weekends, Sean Jack and his co-defendant terrorized store employees by pointing a gun in their faces,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “Today’s sentence punishes the defendant for his crimes and should serve as a lesson to others that this Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting the community from violent predators.”
“The defendant and his co-conspirator engaged in a brazen robbery spree that terrorized and threatened the safety of many innocent store workers and patrons,” stated ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Devito. “ATF and its partners will continue to work every day to ensure that violent individuals like Mr. Jack are brought to justice. Upon removal from society at large, they will be able to contemplate the effects of their crimes while serving substantial time in federal prison. I would like to thank the United States Attorney’s Office for their work on this case.”
“With violence and disorder reduced to historically low levels, the NYPD and our law-enforcement partners have further strengthened our focus on violent crime in our communities. By precisely targeting the small percentage of people responsible for committing much of the violence in New York, we are making the safest large city in America even safer. I commend the NYPD detectives, ATF agents and the prosecutors for the Eastern District of New York whose relentless hard work resulted in this arrest and sentencing,” stated NYPD Commissioner O’Neill.
Between September and October 2017, Jack and co-defendant Brandon Commack entered gas stations and a convenience store and shopped. After bringing their selections to the counter, one of the robbers would brandish a firearm, while the second robber would take money from the cash register. In each of the robberies, one or both of the robbers wore a wig. Commack pleaded guilty in August 2018 to one robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during crimes of violence, and was sentenced on April 2, 2019 to nine years’ imprisonment.
The superseding indictment charged Jack with the following robberies in Queens:
- BP Gas Station, 59-36 Maurice Avenue, on September 24, 2017
- Mobil Gas Station, 69-08 Eliot Avenue, on September 24, 2017
- Shell Gas Station, 92-10 Astoria Boulevard, on September 24, 2017
- Speedway Gas Station, 134-15 Cross Bay Boulevard, on September 30, 2017
- 7-Eleven Convenience Store, 224-01 Merrick Boulevard, on October 1, 2017
- Sunoco Gas Station, 243-02 South Conduit Avenue, on October 1, 2017
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas Moscow and Erin Reid are in charge of the prosecution.
Jamaica, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-569 (AMD)