SAN FRANCISCO – The brother of the mayor of San Francisco was sentenced Monday to a shorter prison term for his role in the death of his girlfriend in 2000 when she drove a getaway car over the Golden Gate Bridge after a robbery.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan Conroy reduced Napoleon Brown’s sentence from 44 years to just over 31 years for involuntary manslaughter, armed robbery and carjacking, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
In 2018, Mayor London Breed sent outgoing Governor Jerry Brown a letter urging him to show clemency and commute her older brother’s prison sentence. She referred to her position as mayor in the letter and the letterhead read “Mayor London Breed” at the top. He didn’t respond.
Marc Zilversmit, Napoleon Brown’s lawyer, said they are happy the judge agreed to a reduced sentence, but they asked for an even shorter sentence. Brown has been in prison for almost 22 years, according to Zilversmit.
“There are mixed feelings,” he said.
The mayor’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Brown and another man robbed a diner in San Francisco in June 2000 and drove off across the Golden Gate Bridge. His girlfriend, Lenties White, was driving and was pushed or fell out of the vehicle and killed by a drunk driver.
Brown denies prosecutors’ claims that he pressured White.
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