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Las Vegas man sentenced to 18 years for 2 carjackings

Posted at 4:18 PM, Sep 05, 2018

A Las Vegas felon was sentenced Wednesday to a total of 18 years in prison for his involvement in two violent armed carjackings that resulted in injury to the victims. 

Uriah Zamir Crain, 29, pleaded guilty to one count each of carjacking, carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint and plea agreement, on June 22, 2017, co-defendant Nicole Nowak asked the victim to drive her home and invited the victim into the house. Later that night at the house, Crain and another man hit the victim in the head with handguns and stole the victim’s money, wallet, and Ford F-150 truck. 

Then, on June 25, Crain and Nowak committed a second carjacking. Crain shot the victim in the leg after the victim tried to escape. Crain and Nowak then stole the victim’s Lincoln Navigator and other property. At the time of his arrest, Crain had a stolen Glock 9mm handgun and a 30-round Glock magazine in his possession.  

Crain was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to his prior Utah felony conviction in 2008 for injury to a child and his prior Nevada felony convictions in 2012 for conspiracy to commit robbery and attempt robbery.

Co-defendant Nicole Elizabeth Nowak, 24, was previously sentenced on March 21 to seven years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. She previously pleaded guilty to carjacking, carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.