A Seattle man who held up Metro bus passengers at gunpoint in two separate incidents last year was sentenced this afternoon to 13 1/2 years in prison.
King County prosecuting attorneys had asked for the 13 1/2-year prison term, which is at the high end of the standard range, after Trevonnte Brown, 19, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and attempted robbery.
Police and prosecutors said Brown boarded the RapidRide C Line bus at Third Avenue and Pike Street around 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 with a ski mask partially covering his face. When the bus reached West Seattle he approached two passengers and demanded their phones at gunpoint, according to court documents.
One passenger told police he initially refused the gunman’s demand, but Brown then pushed the handgun into his head and said, “Don’t make this harder,” according to police. John Briggs then handed over his phone, according to a police report.
When Brown turned to walk away, several passengers tackled and held him down until police arrived, according to court records.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree attempted robbery in that incident. He also pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree robbery for robbing another Metro bus passenger of his phone on Nov. 16.