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Jury recommends 132 years in prison for Loudoun’s serial tire and rim thief

Serial tire and rim thief Jason L. Brooks found guilty in Loudoun County. Courtesy Photo
A Loudoun County jury has recommended a 38-year-old man who stole multiple tires and rims across the county be sentenced to 132 years in prison, 63 months in jail and ordered to pay $6,000 in fines, according to the Office of the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney.

Jason L. Brooks was found guilty last week in a series of tire and rim thefts that occurred last year. The jury found Brooks guilty of six counts of grand larceny, six counts of larceny with intent to sell, three counts of destruction of property and three counts of tampering with an automobile.

Over the course of 2016, multiple victims in Loudoun County reported their tires and rims stolen off trucks and SUVs parked in their driveway overnight. The vehicles had been left sitting on cinder blocks. In several instances investigators found blue fibers from what appeared to be a moving blanket attached to the blocks.

The break in the case came after law enforcement in New Jersey stopped Brooks as he was driving a white Ford Explorer. In the vehicle were cinder blocks wrapped in a blue moving blanket, a floor jack and various tools for removing lug nuts.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained search warrants for Brooks’ storage unit and apartment where detectives found bags of lug nuts, lug nut keys and business cards for “Jay’s Deals on Wheels.” Also found in the storage unit was personal property belonging to one of the victims. The jury was also shown video from a neighbor’s security camera showing the thief driving a white Ford Explorer.

Brooks’ criminal history includes two felony convictions for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault and unlawful imprisonment.

He will return to court Oct. 18 for a final sentencing hearing before Judge Stephen E. Sincavage, who presided over the trial.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Pohlner prosecuted the case for the local office.

Brooks is also facing charges on identical offenses in New Jersey, Fairfax County, and Prince William County.

Comments


As my friend John Flannery likes to say, “Justice is not a consequence of the system. It is a coincidence of the system.”

That said, I do think our CA has demonstrated he is sensitive to the appearance of impropriety. Remember that he requested, and got, a different CA from another county to lead the investigation into an elected official (from the same party as our CA) from the previous BOS (and that CA was from the other party).

As for Madoff and sentencing inconsistency, you make a fair point. But Madoff did plead guilty and got the max for what he pleaded to. Mr. Brooks did not plead guilty, which usually means more time than if you did.


My only point is that Madoff’s fraud was estimated to be $64B.  This guy’s theft is not trivial but probably didn’t exceed $500K in total for sure.  Yet he is recommended for 130 years?

I’ve noticed that unscrupulous prosecutors will enforce every possible violation when they want.  Yet when a gov’t official clearly violates a law, they refuse to even charge them.  We have two systems, one for those who are connected and another for the general law breaker.  There doesn’t appear to be any attempts to reconcile these disparities.


Don’t know yet. His trial is pending. But consider Bernie Madoff. He got sentenced to 150 years, and that was after pleading guilty to eleven felonies.


How long did he serve?


“so if [a] white collar criminal steals money over time, would each of those txns be prosecuted separately?”

Yes. Here’s an example from a recent case. The offenses allegedly took place over an eleven-year period.

“Geffrey A. Sawtelle is charged in a 38-count indictment with 21 counts of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344; three counts of theft, embezzlement, and misapplication by bank officer, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 656; one count of obstruction of examination, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1517; one count of making a false statement, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001; and 12 counts of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(a)(1)(B)(i) and 2.”


Stevens Miller, so if I white collar criminal steals money over time, would each of those txns be prosecuted separately? Of course not. This is “prosecutorial discretion” by the unbelievably corrupt Plowman.


If I am reading the court system’s information correctly, Mr. Brooks was charged with twenty-two distinct offenses, most of which were felonies exposing him to either one-to-twenty-, or two-to-twenty-year sentences. Per offense, it appears he’s averaging six years. Sentenced for separate offenses, those sentences would likely be ordered to run consecutively, not concurrently. Would have to look it up, but I’m sure it doesn’t help at the sentencing phase if a person has prior bad acts that can be taken into consideration.

Rough deal for Mr. Brooks, but not shocking if you think of it on a per-offense basis.


I wonder if this is a way for DA to make them look tougher on crime? Meanwhile 10K plus in Loudoun court system owe $10K in fines or more, continue to commit crimes and are free to commit more crimes.


Sounds like some mandatory minimum sentencing for each individual act.  It may be excessive, but I can guarantee you he’s stolen his last tire.


Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. America is a country of law and order. No mercy to criminals, glad they threw the book at him.


A reminder. Ms. Mars killed people in the other lane and it cost her 2500 dollars, bogus justice!


It is too bad the defendant or his attorney didn’t contribute to Plowman’s political campaigns or he could have gotten a sweetheart plea deal.


Too bad he didn’t get caught in Maryland or DC. He would have been released for time served.


I agree with other commenters that 132 years for non-violent crimes seems excessive even for an habitual thief.  But that was a jury recommendation, not the final sentence.  Plus, final sentences seem often to e shortened for good behavior or other reasons.


Maybe he stole the DA’s rims and tires?


These come standard in everyone’s car, “a floor jack and various tools for removing lug nuts.” I’m not pro-thief, but 132 years seems ‘unreasonable punishment’. Perhaps this sentence length is intended to compensate for future sentence remittances.


Perhaps another typo?  132 years and 63 months? I am so confused.  What else did this guy do? Kill someone?


He is going to prison for the sins of rapists and child molesters who only serve months.  God bless this man and his sacrifice.


Geeze.  15-years seems like an ample deterrent; the jury must not be tax payers.  Karma is a bitch and I’d be on the karma look out for recommending a death sentence for theses nonviolent crimes.


Wow. That’s insane. Rape? No. Murder? No. Child molester? No. What the hell is wrong with people? Call amnesty international. Jesus.


Wait, he gets convicted of grand larceny and he is recommended to serve 132 years in prison, yet murderers and rapists get off the hook after several years in prison?  That doesn’t make sense.

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