03 December 2012

Gene Anthony Brown was convicted of killing security guard Steve Orange.

The Roanoke Times

Gene Anthony Brown flashed a Crips gang sign as the jury delivered its verdict Friday night, his response to a first-degree murder conviction that could keep him behind bars well into his 60s.

After more than nine hours of deliberation in Roanoke Circuit Court, the jury found Brown, 29, of Roanoke guilty in the July 2011 shooting death of Steve E. Orange, 46. Jurors also convicted Brown of a single charge of use of a firearm in commission of murder.

Though only a recommendation, the jury asked that Judge Jonathan Apgar sentence Brown to prison for a total of 38 years.

The court emptied at 10:15 p.m., drawing to a close a four-day trial into the case that started on a warm summer night more than a year prior.

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